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.

[projects] [articles] [curriculum vitae]


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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Wednesday, November 28, 2001

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. The LA Times carries an article about how IBM spray painted graffitti on sidewalks to promote its new software line. What's next, corporate tattooing? No wait, I'm sure that's been done already.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 10:49 AM PST [Link]

Friday, November 23, 2001

The New York Times has an article on post 9/11 life in Chicago's John Hancock Center where the highest condominiums in the world are located. See Condo Life at 1,000 Feet: Tight Security, Great View

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 09:23 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday, November 20, 2001

The LA Times reports that a mysterious new public plaza is planned for downtown Los Angeles. Few are aware of it, however. Read.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 11:38 PM PST [Link]

Thursday, November 15, 2001

Is it just me or did Studio Asymptote's Virtual Guggenheim finally disappear without a trace from The Guggenheim Museum's website?

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 12:27 AM PST [Link]

Wow, I'm behind the times. Here's an article from the July Metropolis (I'll admit it: I don't have a subscription) on how Peter Eisenman's Wexner Center is falling apart.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 12:22 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Nicolai Ourousoff has an article on the Hollywood and Highland development. Leave it to the LA Times's so called architecture critic to utterly miss the significance of the project. But then when has Nicolai gotten anything right? At least it wasn't offensive, like his horribly misguided piece on the World Trade Center.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 02:04 AM PST [Link]

Monday, November 12, 2001

Rios Associates' new consumer products store is open on 3d Street. The main feature is their No Neutral brand. We're hoping that now that Israel Kandarian is working for Rios, his MOA toolsheds will be rolled out there any day. A toolshed would be ideal for my living room. Knowing me, however, I'm sure it would instantly fill with junk. Come to think of it, I could strap one onto my window, periodically letting it fall to Wilshire Boulevard, much like the Progress spacecraft. Note the resemblance to the MOA toolshed. Progress is loaded with supplies when it gets to the International Space Station. Afterwards, it remains attached until it's filled with junk the astronauts no longer needs. With another Progress on its way, the old one separates from the ISS and, in its role as garbage scow, burns up in the atmosphere. More on the Progress here.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 06:35 PM PST [Link]

Admit it, you've always wanted to have a Mies tombstone of your own.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 06:10 PM PST [Link]

Saturday, November 10, 2001

The October 30 LA Times has an article on both TrizecHahn's Hollywood + Highland project and their Paseo Colorado mall in Pasadena. Go here.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 04:13 PM PST [Link]

Friday, November 9, 2001

Sorry, Rem. Prada's still not open. And now that Hollywood and Highland is, we've given up waiting. After visiting the site on opening night, it has become apparent that this Trizechahn development has succeeded into turning LA into a global shopping city. Now LA has shopping malls just like Paris, London, and Toronto.

After this, Rodeo Drive's fate is sealed and LA's future is assured. Sorry, Sylvia, since it is cultural and not formal, Hollywood and Highland is the real Bilbao effect. Moreover, Hollywood and Highland demonstrates the nihilstic audacity of development: D. W. Griffith's notoriously racist but classic film Intolerance - a box office failure - is reduced to a background for shopping, empty of meaning but full of elephants. Eat your hearts out. Hollywood wins. Doesn't it deserve to?

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 11:30 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, November 7, 2001

Rem must be relieved. Concorde is back.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 08:33 AM PST [Link]

Thursday, November 1, 2001

Archizoom's No Stop City fulfilled? Visit Hunt Midwest SubTropolis - The World's Largest Underground Business Complex to find out.

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