Archis 2009 #1

Barack Obama Inauguration Address Autopsy

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As the newly crowned Architect of Change, Barack Obama must convince and inspire a wide range of groups, factions and movements. His inauguration address attempted to reunite what the preceding administration left fragmented and to address each and every group in order to underline that Obama is the president for all Americans. Brendan McGetrick dissects […]

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Archis 2009 #1

Architecture: A Failed Discipline

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According to Nicolai Ouroussof, architecture critic for the New York Times, the economic recession combined with the investment in new infrastructure that president Barack Obama has promised could potentially lead to a reassessment of architecture in the uS. ‘If a lot of first-rate architectural talent promises to be at loose ends, why not enlist it […]

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Archis 2009 #1

The Spectator’s City

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Regina Bittner believes urban spaces are undergoing a visibility crisis which is causing a boom in images of the city. By looking at strategies of depicting the city as an adventure playground she argues for an interdependency between image production and post-industrial deregulation. Akin to Henri Lefebvre, Bittner suggests that the ‘use value’ of a […]

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Archis 2009 #1

Architecture of Hope (editorial)

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At the design meeting for Volume 19 we told our people, ‘this issue must express hope!’ ‘That’s a challenge,’ was the somewhat mocking response whereupon it was decided to publish the next issue entirely in black and white. No rainbows, no eye candy, no chaotic, everyday multicolors, no shock and awe with a surprise onslaught […]

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