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stacked bodies.pdf  

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Isn’t it too bad that nothing is happening? Some people are getting mad, and that’s a start, getting some vague itch about maybe doing something. Architects believe that the world can be built. The world can be occupied. We have big ideas, we make big things, we live large. Except that then there are the rules, Oh Yes!, and the naysayers, Oh No!. And then there is the money. Where is the money? So we wait.


Or make a study of it.


Or not. The problem with times like these is that when the money runs out we think we are tired and out of energy and out of hope. Do we run on money? No, we are makers; we make the money (this line of thinking is no longer popular in polite society, but the world for some time revolved excitingly and dangerously around these questions: who makes the money? who gets the money?). But that is only context for our project. If we are going to be in the world, we might as well occupy it. In fact, if we are architects, how we occupy the world is the very essence of our life’s investigation. Just now, occupation is again a popular question. What can we make of it?


It is certainly very practical to make a small occupation. Smallness is less disturbing, and far less occupying for everybody. I suppose that will be OK, if that is what we decide to do. Smallness will certainly be appreciated when we are only building for ourselves and our friends and neighbors, rather than building for money.


I myself have had some interesting experiences with ambitious construction projects, money and no money. Sometimes these projects fly, and sometimes they fizzle. Right now I am tired and beaten down too, and wary of a flop. Maybe we should only draw something, or just write it down? Interestingly enough, I believe there are mechanisms by which building projects might be made always to fly, in some concocted, predictable form. Or there are other ways to try setting things in motion, seeing how they take off, seeing where they land. This other way is risky hard work, and probably the only likely path toward architecture. But again, the risk of making nothing is only context for our project, not our stifling fear. Three words to occupy our minds: Nothing. Much. Happening. What can we make of it?


FrontPage SideBar Mark Anderson




A manifesto


The existing framework of the city cannot subdue the growing dissatisfaction among the people with their loss of control and disempowerment. To truly fight the alienation and oppression in our society, our cities need a radically new framework.

Cities and architecture must allow for participation. Reactivation of urban spaces necessitates that the public regains control of the spaces which now control them. Architecture must be manipulated by people, not institutions, and our cities must facilitate the art of interaction. A new architecture will build itself upon the wreckage of our society's public space, parasitizing and reorganizing the city.

To those who don't understand us properly, we say with an irreducible scorn, “Those of us who you judge will once day judge you. Soon the people will reverse the balance of power and regain control over the spaces which now contain them.” *


22 Jan 2012

sean phillips

*borrowing heavily from the Situationist Manifesto


Free speech rafts are public space, soap boxes, free-for-all. They float together, collect, drift apart. Aggregation creates conversation. Recycled formwork tubes or wine barrels from near by Napa. Light-weight "Textable Ticker" could be linked to the weight of the humans broadcasting their ideas on scrolling marquees.

genniferem 24Jan2012



Our intervention must straddle the line between clearly designed + clearly impromptu. A polished, thoughtful intervention will be taken more seriously by outsiders and critics, but may also risk limiting freedom of expression and alienating the intended audience.  On the other hand, a spontaneous, all-inclusive intervention may encourage more participation and creative input, but may also be easier to dismiss as the work of nonsensical hippies. Our intervention must therefore mediate the chasm between these two extremes, essentially playing both sides, in order to encourage creative participation while simultaneously reinforcing the validity of the movement.

Caitlin Alev, 23 January 2011





We occupy machines for living as Le Corbusier defines the built environment. However, today these machines are simply buildings, not Architecture. Most buildings are modular, unchangeable, and less aesthetics. The cityscape is developing radically without organization or distinction. This is due to rapidly increasing populations and technology. Especially in South Korea, people work faster and faster in every filed such as construction, technology, and so forth. More and more people in the world are able to experience ideal life online through development of IT and social networks. Meanwhile, in the real world, people love in slums.

In today’s aging society, we should live leisurely, develop slowly, and make space for enjoying. We need to make healing space, free spaces to work, and artistic spaces to counter the developed, fixed, and mechanical spaces of the present.


Chaewoo 01Feb2012



Martha Graham's Lamentations







Lucky Dragons Interactive Music Blanket


Kinetic Sculpture Race


Theo Jansen: Rhinoceros 2








To the Campus Community,

As co-chairs of the campus's new Protest Response Team, we wish to describe our evolving approach to responding when protests occur that violate campus policies.  So far this semester, there have been two such protests: occupation of the Anthropology Library in Kroeber Hall for over two days; and encampments on the steps of Sproul Hall and Doe Library that spanned more than one week.

In both cases, we have used the following guidelines in shaping Berkeley's response:

1.  The timing and manner of campus responses will consider the seriousness of the disruption to campus operations.

2.  When possible, campus leaders will be patient and will choose the time and manner of responding to unlawful protests that will minimize the prospect of physical harm.

3.  Because the form that disruptive protests take can change rapidly, decisions will be context-specific.  This means that the campus's response to a given protest may differ from its response to other protests.

4.  The campus's response to an unlawful or disruptive protest will never be determined by the nature of the issue the protesters are raising.

5.  In some circumstances, deans, department chairs, and other faculty members may be effective communicators with protesters, and the campus will work closely with them to support their efforts.

6.  The campus leadership has included additional faculty members in its deliberations about responding to protests that violate campus rules or the law.  These include the chair of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate and two faculty administrators: the Vice Provost for the Faculty and the Dean of the Graduate division.

7.  While recognizing that police must at times respond to emergency circumstances, we will attempt to ensure that any decision to authorize police engagement, or to escalate or de-escalate police engagement, will be made only by a fully briefed senior administrator, who will be on-site during police actions.

These guidelines proved helpful in reaching peaceful resolutions of the protests in Kroeber and Sproul/Doe.

We will soon provide information on steps we intend to take to improve communication on issues that are important to the campus community.  While we already have a number of ways of reaching members of our community we recognize that we can always do more and be more effective.

Sincerely yours,

George W. Breslauer
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

John Wilton
Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance








How can we use and reuse or just reuse plastic wrap?




We've seen some beautiful properties of the unfurled and crumpled material. Shouldn't we source it from the center in San Francisco and adapt the recycled material into a woven fabric or structured surface which can then be repurposed again and again and again...? (Rather than buying bulk rolls from Costco...) 



Here are some quick drawings of what we discussed at Saturdays meeting.









Comments (3)

ross.guntert@gmail.com said

at 11:55 am on Feb 8, 2012

gabriel.kaprielian@... said

at 6:00 pm on Mar 31, 2012

Love the Numen Tape piece, but hadn't seen the netting project, which is AWESOME! If we created a frame, we could definitely do that or something similar with multiple platforms with saran wrap.

ross.guntert@gmail.com said

at 8:36 am on Apr 11, 2012

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