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

projects

immersive mapping, gps, and the tunnel effect

analysis of starbucks

thesis on muzak

varnelis.net [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, September 30, 2001

Go to this USGS web site for designer Massimo Vignelli's explanation of the value of grids for government design.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 11:54 AM PST [Link]

Monday, September 24, 2001

A New York Times piece offers comments by architects on whether or not to rebuild the World Trade Center.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 07:50 AM PST [Link]

Thursday, September 13, 2001

"I feel this way about it. World trade means world peace and consequently the World Trade Center buildings in New York ... had a bigger purpose than just to provide room for tenants. The World Trade Center is a living symbol of man's dedication to world peace ... beyond the compelling need to make this a monument to world peace, the World Trade Center should, because of its importance, become a representation of man's belief in humanity, his need for individual dignity, his beliefs in the cooperation of men, and through cooperation, his ability to find greatness."

- Minoru Yamasaki (died 1987), architect of the World Trade Center

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 12:30 AM PST [Link]

Wednesday, September 12, 2001

The terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center was an unprecedented act of war against the United States. Architecture didn't fail, as this BBC news article states, careful design saved lives.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 08:44 AM PST [Link]