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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Sunday, December 23, 2001

Ever wonder how to conduct a battle in an urban area? See the US Army's document on Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain [MOUT]. If you haven't had your fill yet, read this document on infrastructural warfare.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 02:10 PM PST [Link]

Friday, December 21, 2001

Michael Rotondi and Eric Owen Moss, among others, address the changes in architecture as a result of the World Trade Center attacks. See the LA Times article: Architects Ask, 'What Did I Do to Cause This?' Moss proclaims the death of globalization žber alles in architecture. It's about time.

In general the piece is right on. My only quarrel might be with the idea that the only thing that's out there is radical, Greg Lynn style architecture or conservative corporate work. Is that all we are stuck with? And is what passes for "radical" today (or more properly, what passed for it yesterday) truly radical or is it merely another kind of conformism?

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 09:43 AM PST [Link]

Monday, December 17, 2001

Are Prada's days numbered? See the New York Times article Prada: Luxury Brand With World-Class Anxiety

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 11:42 PM PST [Link]

Friday, December 14, 2001

John Ellis's article The Hard Truth About New York is intriguing and rather depressing to contemplate. New York, he writes, is unlikely to recover anytime soon and the World Trade Center will never be rebuilt.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 11:51 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, December 12, 2001

Art Bent but Not Broken, an article in today's LA Times, looks at the fate of art at the World Trade Center. Don't miss the photo gallery.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 10:13 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, December 11, 2001

The LA Times continues to praise the mediocre project by Rem Koolhaas/OMA for the rebuilding of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Smart money says it will never be built. Between the closure of the entire LACMA complex for a lengthy period and LA's perennial inability to raise money for the visual arts, OMA's project is likely to run aground for any number of reasons. If Rem wanted to be really radical, he would have replicated the 1965 plan for LACMA by Mies van der Rohe. Instead, we are treated to an ever more exhausted vision of "the new."

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 09:21 AM PST [Link]

Sunday, December 9, 2001

The Moderna Museet in Sweden is closing for at least 18 months because of sick building syndrome. See the New York Times article:
A Scientific Mystery Stalks Stockholm's Ailing Modern Museum

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 11:04 PM PST [Link]

Thursday, December 6, 2001

Rem Koolhaas and OMA have been slated to rebuild the L.A. County Art Museum. What little can be seen of the proposal on the web site, together with the commentary in the text seems to indicate that this will be yet another directionless and bland work of the late 1990s.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 08:39 AM PST [Link]

Wednesday, December 5, 2001

The Urban Research Initiative's Anthony Townsend suggests that architects and other space planners should be involved in the development of wireless information services.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 10:22 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, December 2, 2001

"Ginger" is revealed. Will this change the shape of cities? See the New York Times article: An Inventor Unveils His Mysterious Personal Transportation Device

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

Although the work of our dearly beloved Genesis is certainly the antithesis of the cultural garbage that created the so-called new economy, the dot.coms, and their pathetic cultural manifestations, we suspect he might get some satisfaction from being paired with Ghost Sites, the museum of e-failures.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 12:17 AM PST [Link]

One of the great artists of the twentieth century has his own web site. See Genesis P-Orridge's Next-New-Way-On.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 12:09 AM PST [Link]

Saturday, December 1, 2001

A good simple primer on web design can be found at : Visual Design.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 11:48 PM PST [Link]

Not the usual material, but this is a priceless web site for moviegoers in L.A. Voice phone numbers for most movie theaters in the city are at: movieville.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 06:40 PM PST [Link]