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 vice-president 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.

news: My article Los Angeles at the Limits. Reflexive Practice in a Late Capitalist City is in the recently released issue 5 [theme: Architecture After Capitalism] of Praxis : the Journal of Writing and Building. Another article, entitled Building and ReBuilding the Urban House is in the August/September issue of LA Architect.

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Monday, September 15, 2003

The Los Angeles Times describes how Santa Ana has come to have the greatest average household size in the United States. See In Housing Density, It's Too Close for Comfort

Posted by kazys varnelis @ 08:54 AM PST

Sunday, September 7, 2003

The University of Minnesota Design Institute's Twin Cities Knowledge Maps are receiving attention as they provide alternate ways of mapping cities. See the LA Times article City Maps Drawn on the Senses or visit the Twin Cities Knowledge Maps website.

Posted by kazys varnelis @ 01:28 PM PST

Wednesday, September 3, 2003

Andrew Odlyzko, Director of the Interdisciplinary Digital Technology Center and Assistant Vice President for Research at the University of Minnesota has written an excellent article on the realities of broadband adoption. My only disagreement would be in his suggestion that the time for wireless to the home is rapidly approaching. Here he fails to take into account the limited nature of the wireless spectrum in comparison to the virtually limitless capacity of cable and the continued problems this technology has in day-to-day operations. But do read Odlyzko's article: The Many Paradoxes of Broadband.

Posted by kazys varnelis @ 10:15 PM PST

Tuesday, September 2, 2003

Situationism has now completely been absorbed by touristm. See the article: Experimental tourism catches on - Sep. 1, 2003

Posted by kazys varnelis @ 01:17 AM PST

Thursday, August 21, 2003

The New York Times reports on commonalities and differences between networks when they get overloaded. Read:
In Frayed Networks, Common Threads

Posted by kazys varnelis @ 11:55 AM PST

Monday, July 28, 2003

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

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 04:53 PM PST

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