Juan Downey, "Radical Software"
Millions of disconnected individuals. Cities have become monuments to the mass marketing
of objects, with the consequent glorification of transportation systems
Felicity Scott, "Hippie Modernisms"
“Whole Earth’s Suicide Party,” Barry Lopez read the event as a cynical ploy by Brand to prove a point: that San Francisco’s counterculture “were as crass and crude and unfocused as the establishment that they rail against.
Reyner Banham "The Great Gizmo"
The quintessential gadgetry of
the pioneering frontiersman had to be carried across trackless
country, set down in a wild place, and left to transform
that hostile environment vvithout skilled attention. Its function
was to bring instant order or human comfort into a
situation which had previously been an undifferentiated
This is pretty wild, I'm not too sure what to think of it. This is more of a performance piece documenting the ability of technology of that time.
Like this: a characteristic class of US products - perhaps the most characteristic - is a small self-contained unit of high performance in relation to its size and cost, whose function is to transform some undifferentiated set of circumstances to a condition nearer human desires. The Great Gizmo. Pg. 110
Money is always at play today no matter what we do money will always have a key role in our lives, in what we buy, we de, we send, we make. We buy tools to transform stuff that we can resell at a higher price that's the main goal in a consumer society like the US, and doing that a a low cost for high profit is what everyone wants.
Like this: a characteristic class of US products - perhaps the most characteristic - is a small self-contained unit of high performance in relation to its size and cost, whose function is to transform some undifferentiated set of circumstances to a condition nearer human desires.
Great architecture is based on belief. Americans have not yet developed a way of domestic life sharply enough differentiated so that a system of belief can be built on it, and in return give rise to distinctive architecture" - The Great Gizmo
It seems like this is coming to fruition which is a positive outcome in society. The one issue that misinformation is starting to becoming indistinguishable to facts. This may sound a little suppressive, the technology gives everyone a voice that necessarily hasn't earned it. A little explanation upon that is that people believe the misinformation at face value and not really digging in and doing the research to appropriately decide whether the information they saw is correct or incorrect.
" to think about adequate housing for the displaced and impoverished is to problematize the conditions and situations that displace and impoverished vulnerable communities and to invite imagination of different conditions and new situations in which adequate housing is a political right rather than economic reward "
"The technological novelty of “digital shelter,” that is, maps precisely onto a closure of political futures."
“the condition of the working class.”
“what we now refer to as decent homes have their origin in the indecencies to be found [in the rookery den]” can be extended into the claim that housing, in the guise of rookeries and model homes alike, was the medium in which Victorian reformers represented the social problems they addressed and, in many cases, the solutions they proposed.