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Reading Responses

Namita posted Reading Responses Week 11 in Reading Responses

1 ‘(Not to architects: You thought that you could ignore Junkspace, visit it surreptitiously, treat it with condescending contempt or enjoy it vicariously…because you could not understand it, you’ve thrown away the keys…But now your own architecture is infected, has become equally smooth, all-inclusive, continuous, warped, bus, atrium-ridden…)
 Is Junkspace inevitable? Can we truly disengage from today’s way of appropriating and remixing that follows this notion of constant change?
2 Is Junkspace a postive or negative phenomenon? Does it matter to qualify it?
3 “Change has been divorced from the idea of improvement. There is no progress; like a crab on LSD, culture staggers endlessly sideways…”
Is it important to have a directional progression? Is improvement really not something we strive for?

Namita posted Reading Responses Week 10 in Reading Responses

Steve mentioned that copyright laws don’t apply to building blocks.
Can we justify copyright infringement by today’s standards of the information age, where everything is data/building block?
“Taken from this angle, what exactly is postmodernism, except modernism without the anxiety?”
How far does copyright laws appease fear/anxiety? Does it boil down to our fear and anxiety of letting go of our ego/identity?
“The cold, undead hand of one of my childhood literary heroes had reached out from its New Hampshire redoubt to arrest my present-day curiosity.”
Are copyright laws a way to preserve the past? To go against copyright laws are we able to revive old ideas through new forms?
Are copyright laws similar to border controls? Is it a way to distinguish cultures and identities?


Namita posted Reading Responses Week 8 in Reading Responses, Uncategorized

1.”such a collection of ephemeral treasure is an example of how we find the things that tell us who we are…”
Are collections created for ourselves or for others?
2. “A collection is usually an attempt to somehow take hold of the world around us, to control at least a few of its parts.”
What is the difference between the act of collection with the act of preservation?
3. Does there need to be a common thread tying the objects together in a collection?

Namita posted Reading Responses Week 7 in Reading Responses

“As we build our tools our tools build us.”marshall macluhan
How far can we agree with this statement?
How far is a mediator both a means and an end? Can we clarify this relationship?
“Consider things, and you will have humans. Consider humans and you are by that very act interested in things.” What is the distinction between human and things?


Namita posted Reading Responses Week 6 in Reading Responses

How far do you need to ‘submit’ to your process to acheive a chance operation?
 Does order really emerge from chaos?
 How far can some variables in a chance operation be controlled?

Namita posted Reading Responses Week 4 in Reading Responses

1)Copying is a means to decode and understand, a way to process. How far can we call this process art?
2)Does this sort of making have to exist within a certain context?
3)How does Uncreative Design/Writing coexist with other modes of writing/making?

Namita posted Reading Responses Week 3 in Reading Responses

1) Goldsmtih speaks of constant change as empowering and that subcultures instigate change. How do we reconcile with the ambiguiety of subculture and mainstream culture?
2) How important is it to have a stable identity? Do we value a stable identity? If so, why? If not, why?
3) Are the ‘clothes’ we wear significant to our identity? Can we hold people or content accountable to the ‘clothes’ they are cloaked in?


Morgan posted in Reading Responses

1. Junkspace seems to be deemed unworthy by architects. Do you have the same opinion as a graphic designer?

2. What are the benefits of junkspace? Does it have a certain form or function?

3. Have you ever created a junkspace? Do you prefer junkspace or do you think all spaces should be purposeful?

Prin posted Questions Week 11: Junkspace in Reading Responses

1. If something so universally accepted such as Air-conditioning is considered as Junkspace, isn’t Junkspace a good thing?

2. Koolhaas stated that “forms search for functions like hermit crabs looking for a vacant shell” is this supposed to be a metaphor for objects such as air-conditioning? What’s is the alternative and ideal space that Koolhaas is seeking?

3. If everything he described as Junkspace are true, isn’t the very essence of architecture, by implementing design on the landscape is junkspace as well?

Amanda posted Questions Week 11: Junkspace in Reading Responses

Weird and beautiful juxtapositions can come out of junkspaces. Are these spaces necessarily negative?

Has the proliferation of junkspace made us more immune to it in the first place? Does this lead to junkier-spaces?

Where does Koolhaas’ architecture exist in the world of junkspace?