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Architecture Without Walls: Notes on the Home and Office, Atelier in situ and Discreet Logic (1999)

The commonplace that computer and communicational technologies have collapsed space should not be limited to the sense that they have contracted distance, but also that they overwhelm spatial division and compartments. This produces not only spatial dislocation (like the intimate cell-phone conversation held in the supermarket aisle) but also divi­sional collapse: as when a once-specialized space loses its dedicated purpose and becomes multi-faceted and multi-layered in its functioning. I’m thinking in particular of the tele-distanced, wired up, fully equipped and furnished oxymoronic “home office.” (It is a vestigial Marxist notion that new technologies are on the side of an emer­gent class.)

The Canadian Centre for Architecture: Phyllis Lambert’s magnum opus: expanding categories, moving boundaries (1989)

As a character in the modern era, the collector is a mostly abused type. Widely dismissed psychologi­cally as anal retentive, in terms of political economy portrayed as a hoarder and perhaps a manipulator of values, and in the circuit of creative production seen as the parasitic terminal figure who swallows all and returns no more than a belch.

Ceci Tuera Cela: The Fate of a Notion (1984)

It occurs often enough that some notion, en­closed as a figure, brought forth for a specific occasion and bound to a particular moment, is plucked up by others, bent and stretched, accu­mulates and develops further meanings and applications, and is eventually received so bat­tered and misshapen that we can only wonder what possible use it may have remaining for anyone.

Points of View: Photographs of Architecture (1981)

The complex historical interaction between photography and architectural practice is reduced to the still moment of photographic exposure. The fastidious details of photo-historical connoisseurship which accom­panied the images provided the signs of scholarship, but it is an exhibition of little thought.