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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Monday, July 28, 2003

In Boston around Thanksgiving? Don't miss my talk at the MIT conference on Architecture-History-Pedagogy. SeeHTC at MIT [ Pedagogy Conference ]

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 04:53 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, July 27, 2003

Housing affordability is at crisis proportions in Los Angeles. Read the LA Times article: Professionals at Home in Subsidized Housing

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 10:15 AM PST [Link]

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Issue 5 of PRAXIS: journal of writing + building, containing my article Los Angeles at the Limits. Reflexive Practice in a Late Capitalist city, is out, and is available in Santa Monica's Hennessey & Ingalls. The issue theme is Architecture after Capitalism.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 10:17 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

The New York Times carries an article on the intractability of Los Angeles's Skid Row: In Los Angeles, Skid Row Resists an Upgrade

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 10:32 AM PST [Link]

Monday, July 14, 2003

Is Los Angeles's recent success in controlling pollution going to be its undoing as the population rises? See the LA Times article Smog Woes Back on Horizon

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 10:11 PM PST [Link]

Reuters reports that the hinterlands are becoming wired. See Rural Internet No Longer So Off the Grid

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 12:10 AM PST [Link]

Thursday, July 10, 2003

The last month has been a little quiet, but two items start postings for July:

First, audc's preliminary research on Quartzsite, Arizona appears at polar inertia.

Also, the New York Times carries a story about varying levels of security in office buildings. Read: Different Cities, Different Security for Buildings

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 08:41 AM PST [Link]