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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Tuesday, July 31, 2001

Sometimes, late at night, everything becomes clear. Your vision unclouds and the world makes perfect sense. Tonight was one of those nights. Driving back home from Echo Park, we encoutered the Gershwin Hotel Hollywood (5533 Hollywood Boulevard). It was the face of post-(post-Fordism) or whatever name this period will have: naked, raw and pure. Enough said. You'll have to visit. Preferably late at night. But make sure you club your car.

An update: according to the Gershwin Hotel people, the hotel isn't finished yet. The interior spaces will be designed by Karim Rashid and a Totem store will be located on the first level.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 01:01 AM PST [Link]

Friday, July 27, 2001

I always really disliked Aeron chairs. And who didn't dislike the industry? Learn their cruel fate in's article Auction of the damned

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 02:54 PM PST [Link]

Thursday, July 12, 2001

My article ěHallucination in Seattle. Frank Gehryís Experience Music Project,î published in Pasajes de Arquitectura y Critica, in June 2001 is now available in English, on here.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 03:48 PM PST [Link]

The Southern California Studies Center - (SC2) has an excellent set of documents on the urban environment in Southern California, including Sprawl Hits The Wall, the product of a two year analysis of growth in the Los Angeles region.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 03:38 PM PST [Link]