Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Architectural conjecture

I've contributed a few questions to a forthcoming interview for Ballardian.com with Geoff Manaugh of the excellent BLDG BLOG site.

BLDG BLOG describes itself as concerned with architectural conjecture, urban speculation and landscape futures - often beautifully illustrated ruminations on (post)modernist, derelict and speculative architecture, its social and psychological implications, and the ineffable beauty thereof. A mission statement of sorts:
We have more to learn from the fiction of J.G. Ballard and the international warehousing strategies of Bechtel than we do from Le Corbusier. The good city form of tomorrow is a refugee camp built by Brown & Root; the world’s largest architectural client is the U.S. Department of Defense. More people now live in overseas military camps than in houses designed by Mies van der Rohe – yet we study Mies van der Rohe.

The interview will be concentrating, mostly, on exploring Manaugh's admirable fixation on Ballard, and the psychopathological implications of architecture as explored in his prophetic novel High Rise. Does the angle between two walls have a happy ending? Find out when the full interview appears on Ballardian.com shortly.

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