Blue Monday : Stories of Absurd Realities and Natural Philosophies

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-05-05
  • Publisher: Actarbirkhauser
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AUDCs first book captures three moments in modern culture that offer glimpses into our increasingly perverse relationship to architecture, cities, and objects. The first, Ether, explores Los Angeles telecom hotel One Wilshire, a 39 story building of utter banality and complete mystery. The second, the Stimulus Progression, looks at the strange story of the Muzak Corporation and the invention of a culture of horizontality. The third, Quartzsite, Arizona, visits a desert town of some 3,000 people in the summer that swells to over a million residents every year as a horde of modern nomads descends upon it in their Recreational Vehicles. AUDC ÝRobert Sumrell and Kazys Varnelis¨ explores the strange reality around us in a lively mix of philosophy, photography, architectural drawings and models, and new media.

Author Biography

Kazys Varnelis is the Director of the Network Architecture Lab at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and a member of the founding faculty at the School of Architecture at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

Table of Contents

Peripheral Visionp. 4
Lemmingsp. 16
My dear Berlin Wallp. 38
Ether : One Wilshirep. 48
Voluntary slaveryp. 90
The stimulus progression : Muzakp. 100
Mikep. 134
Swarm intelligence : Quartzsite, Arizonap. 144
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