“Once upon a time, I dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was myself. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.”


“…there is an idea of a Patrick Bateman, some kind of abstraction, but there is no real me, only an entity, something illusory, and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply am not...


How do we begin a talk on idea of do less? We could decipher the title as a less is more Mies quote, it could be a modernist mantra returning, it could be a frustration of the existing architecture, it could be looking towards the future, or returning to the past, hell, it could even refer to a quote by Paul Rudd in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The fact is, do less as a simple statement is a grenade in the architecture world and might be the hardest goal to achieve as a designer. Can we all just do a little less? Can we all just think a little less? Can we all just talk a little less? Can we all just design a little less?





As a designer, I have witnessed a change in myself. A little bit of a self awareness that is causing a metamorphosis in...


"The compromise of the architect’s authority and the diminishing of architecture’s power through

the dissolution of the architectural object into a field of discernable relations seem to be an

accidental, self-inflicted wound." -David Ruy


Rhea| (/ˈriː.ə/; ancient Greek Ῥέα) was the Titaness daughter of Uranus, the sky, and Gaia, the earth, in Greek mythology. She was known as "the mother of gods."

Parametricism | A style within contemporary avant-garde architecture, promoted as a successor to post-modern architecture and modern architecture. The term was coined in 2008 by Patrik Schumacher.

“The new style poses many new, systematically connected design problems that are being worked on competitively within a global network of design researchers.” - Patrik Schumacher

This random quote from Schumacher is taken from a sort of “parametric manifesto” that was taken from an interview with the architect. Schumacher is possibly the strongest voice, right now, in the new...


“If Nietzsche and Jacques Derrida taught architects how to smash the idols into fragments and destabilize power from within, the Deleuze and his followers showed us how to pulp those fragments into atomized flows.” -Todd Gannon


Perses | (/ˈpɜːrsɪz/; Greek: Πέρσης) was the son of the Titan siblings, Crius and Eurybia. He was described as the Titan god of destruction in mythology.


Deconstructivism | A development of postmodern architecture that began in the late 1950s. It is influenced by the theory of "Deconstruction", which is a form of semiotic analysis.


Philosophy and design have an interesting relationship with one another. They play a sort of hide and seek game over the years. Usually we get a first taste of a combination between philosophy and design which sparks an insane amount of variation, interpretation, and evolution. Architects of the past have all seen their share of influence but the conversation between philosopher and architect, for me, has always...



What has been on my mind for some time is the link of philosophy and architecture and what that means for built, student, and theoretical works of architecture.


Philosophy comes from the greek “philia” (φιλία), which means love, and the word “sophia” (σοφια), which means wisdom and so philosophy can be seen as the “love of wisdom”. Now wisdom is something that is completely subjective. It has a direct link with the times in which we live and work. It also is kind of a view into the way we think. Philosophy to me is connected directly to the interpretation of society and the world at that moment in time. Asking the questions of what is it, to be living at that time. Architectural movements follow philosophy because of its incorporation with...



I don’t really know how to do this


I guess to begin I will warm up with a little about my life at the moment and see where that leads.


My name is Alex Tahinos. I am an architecture student first and foremost. My future profession is architecture but I really don’t consider anyone to be an architect until they have truly mastered their own style. I have developed a love for architecture and have decided I will devote my life and all of my time to the art of architecture.


At the moment I am very confused.


I have been in school my entire life. I have worked odd jobs and summer jobs at malls and hardware stores. I have never stepped into the real world. My budgeting skills suck, my time management is pretty rough, and my morning rituals don’t...

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