Friday, August 22, 2008

Mix, Mash, Mod Architecture

building on Madison composed of 4 square and commercial storefrontI hope that the real cutting-edge, progressive architecture of the future will not be starchitecture but mashups and remixes -- building into, around and on top of the existing, with the least destruction. Creating new space not from scratch, but out of pre-existing building blocks, with infill and onfill -- buildings that grow out of other buildings. No more painting over the canvas, no more unsustainable churn. Architects will become hackers and hackers will become architects.

The benefit to under-urbanized Memphis: formation of a dense, sustainable and creative urban texture. Churn is the enemy of a vital Memphis.

Grahams Lighting Fixtures, created out of 3 bungalows and 1 or 2 commercial buildings

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5 Comments:

Blogger Naomi Van Tol said...

I like the sound of hackitecture, but it also makes me think of can't-hack-it hacks rather than the creative-solution hackers you have in mind.

Sparkitecture?

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe that anyone even cares about this dump of a city. It's obvious many here have never lived in other places or traveled anywhere to continuously cheerlead for this piece of crap town. I call Memphis the 'Cousin Pearl' of American cities. In the old sitcom 'The Beverly Hillbillies', Cousin Pearl thought that she was more sophisticated and cosmopolitan than her hillbilly realtives when in fact she was the biggest hic of them all.

Ergo... Memphis = Cousin Pearl.

My only hope is that the earthquake will strike and totally destroy this cess pool.

10:24 AM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

ergo, you hope Cousin Pearl is struck and destroyed by an earthquake.

Perish the hope!

"Pearl, Pearl, Pearl..."

12:54 PM  
Blogger Naomi Van Tol said...

Oh, bitter anonymous person, how did you know that I start every morning with a special cheer?

Ah, fine, I've had a few beers so I'll share...

Memphis rocks!
(pelvic thrust)
Memphis rolls!
(booty bump)
Memphis is plagued with crime, poverty, government corruption, and cynics who work ceaselessly to squash innocence and stomp hopes and blight fragile dreams before they can even take root!
(sad face + "no-no" finger shake with full-body shimmy)
Nobody thinks Memphis is perfect!
(fancy footwork aaaand spin)
But no city is perfect!
(clap clap, KICK KICK KICK)
And this is OUR city!
(shoulder roll, jump feet wiiiide apart)
So our job is to make it a better place, right? Let's get busy fakin' it till we make it!
(60-second dance break)
WOOOOOO MEMPHIS!
(hands in the air, act like you do care)

Finis.

7:54 PM  
Anonymous openyoureyes said...

Fed up with Memphis? I was, and I have a special cure! I know of a place where there are plentiful jobs, explosive growth, new money, prosperity, entertainment, homegrown culture, and vibrant community... and a contagiously positive CAN-DO mindset to go with it!

It's NASHVILLE! Whether you like Louis Vuitton and the Symphony, or Bass Pro Shops and CMT - Nashville's got you covered. Show King Willie who's the boss and make your move to any one of the thriving 13 counties that make up the NASHVILLE metro area.

Life is too short to spend every day dealing with the stresses and depression of living in Memphis. My hometown sho ain't what it used to be... so welcome to Middle Tennessee!

8:17 PM  

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