And the first covid-19 victims start to come in.
(1968) Kitsch: The World of Bad Taste
Vittorio Gregotti was an Italian architect. He contributed the essay “Kitsch and Architecture” to (1968) by Gillo Dorfles. Kitsch: The World of Bad Taste
While the essay references Googie architecture and the kitsch of the roadside attraction, it fails to cite
(1964). God’s Own Junkyard
It also fails to foreshadow the positive view of kitsch in
(1972). Learning from Las Vegas
Adolfo Natalini was an Italian architect, known for his involvement in the radical architecture collective Superstudio.
Here is the short film
(1972), Superstudio’s contribution to the MoMA exhibition: Supersurface: an Alternative Model for Life on the Earth . Italy. The New Domestic Landscape
At the same time as reporting Natalini’s death, we need to report the death of co-founder
Cristiano Toraldo di Francia (1941 – 2019) who apparently died over the summer.
Juliaan Lampens was a Belgian architect whose name has become associated with brutalism.
Photo: detail of one of the Lampens facades. Photo by Pirre Pluymers.
Brutalism is architecture which makes ostentative use of (French for raw concrete). béton brut
The aesthetic is the last phase in modernist architecture (before the advent of postmodern architecture) and it was heavily criticized by
Charles, Prince of Wales, author of (1989). A Vision of Britain: A Personal View of Architecture
For lovers of the style, which includes myself, a big part of the attraction is that the imprint of the
wood grain from the formwork of the concrete can be seen on the exterior concrete of brutalist structures.
Juliaan Lampens’s most famous building is the
Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Kapel van Kerselare in Edelare, which I visited in 2014 and 2019.
They also bless new cars there.
I was there exactly one week ago.
She: “Why do they look so scary, so angry?”
I spent last Sunday in Paris. Jumbled notes
I saw the building above but could not identify it.
Update: The building is
U.E.I. Murat – Locaux France Telecom, unknown year, unknown architect.
A cross section of the Broken Column House at the Désert de Retz as recorded in Les jardins anglo-chinois by Georges-Louis Le Rouge, 1785
A cross section of the
Broken Column House
as recorded in
Les jardins anglo-chinois
by Georges-Louis Le Rouge, 1785
Broken Column House (the “colonne brisée”, or ruined column) is an artificial ruin in the French landscape garden Désert de Retz.
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