Ludwig Mies van der Rohe | Farnsworth House | Plano, Illinois | 1945-1951
18:36// I had hoped to visit this house one day with you. A single female doctor, spurned lover of the architect, commissioned the house. Lord Palumbo owns it now too, or at least did. I recall an exhibit at MoMA, many years ago, perhaps I brought my kid sister, there were digital walk-throughs of the house projecting onto sheer screen walls sliding past one another, such that falling leafs would flutter across the various spatial depths of the long space, light landing like leafs falling on whichever surface upon which it landed, passing bodies in the exhibit interrupting the repeating loop of video. It was rather beautiful really and a key moment that defines the sort of spaces I wish to design, incredibly simple in terms of materials (all the better to be taken apart and taken back into the industrial stream), complexity arising from the intricate play of intensive qualities of light, sound, space, temperature, etc. Considering every wall a potential window, architecture of the 21st-century must, in order to survive as a profession, be concerned both with the material functioning of a structure and the immaterial affective qualities immanent in the proliferation of active surfaces. How much of your daily life, even now, mostly an act of television? While artistically deploying new technologies, we must also stand as agents against a devaluing of the haptic, against dehumanization, corruption, and abuse. The screen is beautiful, indeed, but incredibly dangerous if we are not mindful.
All this theorizing is well and good, but the drawings are what need finishing. I got a few hours done on today, brought out the trace, mapped the third floor studios. It’s just a matter of drawing ducts, pipes, lighting schemes, a few sections through typical panel units. I need to diagram material flows and have a section that captures the oyster cubes.