There’s nothing so different as one museum from another. You must be pretty stupid to repeat yourself. I use the same language to tell a different story.
But do you know that, although I have kept the diary [on a phonograph] for months past, it never once struck me how I was going to find any particular part of it in case I wanted to look it up?
It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear.
A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.
The Bond Villain is a manifestation of a paranoid cold war society … the Villain who might bomb or use any other technocratic weapon to destroy western society. Since 1962 until 2010, 22 Bond movies were created over a span of 48 years. Even after the Cold War was declared over, Bond movies have remained a veritable catalogue of Cold War villains. Despite this retrospective compulsion, the genre has consistently used the language of modern architecture to visualize future built conditions.
Los Angeles … suited me…. In the ’60s, when I started, you could play under the radar…. It led me aesthetically to look for a sense of movement in the work. I was upset about postmodernism and the tendency to regurgitate Greek temples. I thought, OK, if you’re going to go back, I’ll go back 300 million years—before man—to fish. That’s how fish forms became part of my vocabulary. It wasn’t just that my grandmother brought home fish.
The way we live leaves traces on the earth. The tools we use to situate ourselves in the landscape leave marks and inscriptions of these processes on the ground, becoming a direct reflection of the society that formed it. The map acts as a record of these inscriptions; is an outcome of a gathering of elements for the construction of a narrative about the site’s reality.
— Danny Willis, Cultivating the Map, 2012
It was late evening when K. arrived. The village lay deep in snow. There was nothing to be seen of Castle Mount, for mist and darkness surrounded it, and not the faintest glimmer of light showed where the great castle lay. K. stood on the wooden bridge leading from the road to the village for a long time, looking up at what seemed to be a void.
Literature was not born the day when a boy crying “wolf, wolf” came running out of the Neanderthal valley with a big gray wolf at his heels; literature was born on the day when a boy came crying “wolf, wolf” and there was no wolf behind him.
Structuralism is the belief that phenomena of human life are not intelligible except through their interrelations. These relations constitute a structure, and behind local variations in the surface phenomena there are constant laws of abstract culture.
Whereas science fiction is a narrative, with a single track from start to finish, architectural plans and models are open-ended. They can be explored every which way. They have unlimited capacity for collective fantasy, and the looming potential – or threat – of actually being implemented. Hypothetical architecture is perilous.