some articles

a brief history of horizontality [2003]

on FOA's Yokohama Terminal and the future of architectural visibility in the city

towers of concentration lines of growth [2002]

on telecommunications and urban form in the contemporary city

cathedrals of the culture industry [2002]

on the OMA project for LACMA and the idea of the museum city

hallucination in seattle [2001]

on Frank Gehry's Experience Music Project in Seattle and Late Capitalism

architecture after couture [2001]

on architecture and fashion

who's afraid of postmodernism? [1999]

on late capitalism and architecture

the caress of the commodity [1997]

on automony and capitalism in architecture

some student projects


immersive mapping, gps, and the tunnel effect

analysis of starbucks

thesis on muzak [site map] is a research forum for architecture, network culture, and postmetropolitan urbanism.

Kazys Varnelis teaches history and theory of architecture and urbanism at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He is also a member the board of directors of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design and a founding principal of Architecture Urbanism Design Collaborative [AUDC] and frequently works with the Center for Land Use Interpretation.

His teaching and research focuses on late modernism, architecture and capitalism, and the impact of recent changes in telecommunications and demographics on the contemporary city in general and on Los Angeles in particular.

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Current news:

My article Corporate Camouflage. Space International's Noevir USA Showroom has just been published in LA Architect Magazine. The next issue of Praxis will carry my piece "Los Angeles. Practice in a Late Capitalist City." My essay on One Wilshire recently appeared in issue five of the Berlin journal An Architektur. Produktion und Gebrauch gebauter Umwelt. In the next few days, watch for a new website I designed for the LA Forum.

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Sunday, June 30, 2002

Zipcar offers a new model of automobile rental for New York, Boston, and DC. No more worries about parking spots...

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 01:30 PM PST [Link]

Beat the housing crunch with a Microflat

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 12:05 PM PST [Link]

Thursday, June 27, 2002

CADbitch is great. Too bad it isn't being regularly updated. Well, at least there's a lot to catch up on. Note the link to firms and salaries...

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 07:19 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Find out all about urban heat islands and read a case study of Washington DC. See Paul R. Baumann, geographer at SUNY-Oneonta's description of An Urban Heat Island: Washington DC.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 12:28 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Need to find the fastest way to get from point A to point B in LA county? Check out the traffic maps at OCnow traffic central

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 02:41 PM PST [Link]

To help you in your wardriving, you may want to learn to read the language of warchalking.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 09:52 AM PST [Link]

The Institute for Applied Autonomy "was founded in 1998 as a technological research and development organization concerned with individual and collective self-determination. Our mission is to study the forces and structures which effect self-determination; to create cultural artifacts which address these forces; and to develop technologies which serve social and human needs."

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 09:50 AM PST [Link]

Sunday, June 9, 2002 carries an article on Levittown turning 50. See

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 06:13 PM PST [Link]

The BBC reports that teleworking is finally here. Some 7% of the workforce in the UK work at least one day a week at home through the use of computers and telephones. See Teleworking soars in the UK

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 10:44 AM PST [Link]

Thursday, June 6, 2002

Are special truck lanes on highways in our future? See the LA Times story: A Call for Segregating Truck Traffic

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 12:26 AM PST [Link]

Sunday, June 2, 2002

Are there too many arts organizations undertaking building campaigns in Los Angeles today? See the LA Times story: Art of Fund-Raising Will Be Tested in Cultural Building Boom

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 12:26 PM PST [Link]