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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Breaking News! Barbie NOT an Architect!

In news that probably won't surprise anybody, the results of the voting for Barbie's next profession (reported earlier, where architect was in the running against four other careers) are in, and the blond doll will not be an architect. The winners? News Anchor (girls' vote) and Computer Engineer (popular vote). It looks like Despina Stratigakos's campaign could not even help drum up enough votes for our profession to be immortalized as a skinny figurine.


Well, as they say, it was an honor just being nominated.

(Thanks to Yazan's comment on my previous post for the heads up!)


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  2. If "architect" would have won by name she actually would have been called "Unemployed Barbie".

  3. "could not even help drum up enough votes for our profession to be immortalized as a skinny figurine."

    If only there were some monument to architects.

  4. My opinion about the relation between Architecture and word: the FABULA architecture.(this is a new version of the idea)

    FABULA_architecture wishes to reintroduce words and story as a guide to the design and to the thought of form.

    FABULA_architecture is a method that all architects can apply, as a basic theoretical formula, to their projects, to their style. (*)

    FABULA_architecture provides, as the first phase of the project, for the selection of a story: novel, comic strip, essay, poem, biography.
    On this pathway, the text and the story become part of the design of the architectural structure, are contained in it. "Contained in it" means that they remain subsets fit into a broader set. This passage is fundamental to keep - as is often the case - words and story from conditioning the project in an absolute way, either by absence or by presence. In the architecture of the "less is more" and of "ornament and crime" they are external - by absence - residing in the theoretical texts, and constituting the premise that constrains the design in a subtraction of story that is concretized in the extreme simplification of forms. On the contrary, in the architecture of theme amusement parks, of a certain Postmodern, of Revival and Neo Renaissance, it is the story, its illustration, that comes out from a subset determining - by presence - the design of the entire building. In FABULA_architecture the subset function is thus fundamental.

    How can a story, an essay, a comic strip etc... become a subset? In various possible ways:

    - Reduction, as in stencil-graffiti art, of part of the text to a synthetic image modularly repeated in subsets within the project (to underline architectural details), a sort of logo of the building.

    - Summary of the story into various passages of images to be fitted as formal elements into subsets that dialogue with the project design.

    - Fitting of parts of text into the external and internal structure.

    - Elements drawn from writing (letters etc...) and their location in the "layout" of the architectural forms.

    - Writings-images-brands that refer back to the text.

    - Descriptive images of the history fitted into subsets utilized as design motifs inscribed in the architectural form: junctions on the external and internal surfaces. The logical succession of spaces becomes temporal succession, film.

    - Images of the story placed according to the logical order of the rhetorical figures.

    - Make function and voice into a binary system continually in relation in the set/subset dialectic.

    - Storyboard and structure proceed in a single sequence.

    For FABULA_architecture a building represents an anthropological machine the provides - as in a novel - for all the actions it encloses: entering, leaving, appearing, walking etc.... The surfaces of a construction are brackets (round, square) that delimit events, histories, actions: a matryoshka. The architecture produces narration, contains words. This is the starting point, the base on which FABULa_architecture articulates a structure.

    FABULA_architecture must not be confused with decoration and ornament.
    FABULA_architecture is/is-not words.
    FABULA_architecture broaches a dialectical thought between set and subsets, function and words.

    (*) FABULA_architecture is/is-not an architectural style.

  5. This is simply hilarious.
    Who knew Barbie had the brains?


  6. What would cities look like if more girls were inspired to become architects? Despina Stratigokos was the one who first awakened questions about the relationship between gender and the built environment as my professor in a seminar on "Sex and the City: Gender, Architecture and Space." I posted about this topic yesterday in "The Feminine Skyscraper" on polis:

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  8. Good Post! Very informative, glad that you are going to continue writing things like this!


  9. Barbie is making news.Barbie in a computer Engineer look is just cutest.It means Barbie is growing!
    Architecture Program

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  11. Hey, what about a Landscape Architect. We have to have a little girly side of us in order to love flowers so much......

  12. I feel very weird for following up on this:) but here it goes:

    Latest News: After 52 years and more than 125 careers, Barbie will become an architect in 2011.


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