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, October 30, 2001

The New York Times reports that terrorism is having an impact on office location strategies. See Companies Move Away From Centralized Offices

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 12:16 PM PST [Link]

The real estate industry makes a number of tools of use to architects and urban planners available over the net. Beitler commercial realty gives you detailed annual market reports for Southern and Northern California. provides daily news on commercial real estate. has a variety of options, from a space calculator that gives square footages based on the number of employees in a firm to market reports.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 08:52 AM PST [Link]

Monday, October 29, 2001

Today marks a new look for Let me know if you have any problems.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 09:45 AM PST [Link]

Saturday, October 27, 2001

Sometimes one feels nostalgia for the days of "Richard Meier everywhere," as Rem called them. Another Gehry, this time for the Washington Mall. See Record's Fine Arts Commission unanimously approves Gehry's Corcoran.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 08:37 AM PST [Link]

Thursday, October 25, 2001

The Internet Archive opens today. I couldn't get it to work, but supposedly the contents of most websites as they evolved since 1996 will be available here. The possibilities are limitless, especially for copyright lawyers. See the LA Times story and visit the archive.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 07:37 AM PST [Link]

Wednesday, October 24, 2001

America's most successful painter, Thomas Kinkade is now turning to architecture. See The Village - Building the Vision of Thomas Kinkade

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 06:44 PM PST [Link]

My articles on SCI-Arc's new building and Escher/Gunewardena's Jamie House are available in the new issue of World Architecture. See Journey's Start and King of the Hill

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 04:41 PM PST [Link]

The 2001 Urban Mobility Study is now available, assessing the state of traffic congestion in US metropolitan areas and offering recommendations.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 10:54 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, October 23, 2001

Interest in a little bit of LA urban theory nostalgia? Here's a link to a documentation of the fight between Mike Davis and Brady Wastewater (and others).

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 06:16 PM PST [Link]

Yet more images of the new SCI-Arc are available at John Southern's SCIARC! web site.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 02:13 PM PST [Link]

Thursday, October 18, 2001

Has our love affair with Frank run out? Hal Foster's Slouching Toward Bilbao is only the first of many essays that I suspect are going to raise questions about this phenom of the late 1990s. Read it at the LA Times website while it's still free.

And if you haven't read my take on the Seattle Experience Music Project, also by Gehry, check it out here.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 01:42 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, October 14, 2001

According to Cringely, broadband is dead. What are the consequences for the city of bits?

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 10:38 PM PST [Link]

Saturday, October 6, 2001

More on the unique Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) library at the University of California, San Diego can be found at Jetset - Designs for Modern Living.

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

Friday, October 5, 2001

Today's addition to is a slide show on The SCI-Arc Depot Building. New images of the structure will also be appearing at the top of this page.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 06:42 PM PST [Link]

Thursday, October 4, 2001

According to well-founded rumor, SCI_Arc (or is it SCI-Arc, Sci-arc?) will receive its certificate of occupancy for the entire depot building tomorrow. Read this article on the building by Greg Goldin at the LA Weekly website.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 09:36 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday, October 2, 2001

The September issue of World Architecture features an article I wrote on George Yu (SCI-Arc) and Jason King (Art Center)'s IBM e-business center in Chicago. Check it out in your local Borders or newsstand while you can. The November issue will feature my articles on the new SCI-Arc building and Escher/Gunewardena's Jamie House.

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

Monday, October 1, 2001

Having reached the geographical limits of growth, Los Angeles is now beginning to densify. See this LA Times article on the changes in the Fairfax district.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 10:03 AM PST [Link]

The settlement of downtown Los Angeles by "urban pioneers" marks the beginning of the end for the last urban frontier... For details of what's going on, see this LA Times article

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 09:51 AM PST [Link]