29 March 2012
No, I’m not talking about packet switching, IP addresses and proxy servers. What I meant is internet-era architecture. I’m talking about this:
These days people believe anything you dream is possible right now — that niche audiences deserve to be served — and that what can be done should be done. I’m reminded of the quote from Brion Gysin: “I could easily blast so much keef night and day I become a bouhali; a real-gone crazy, a holy untouchable madman unto whom everything is permitted, nothing is true.”
But here’s the thing transgression used to be the thing on the edges; now it is the center of our reality.
I’d call the prospect of a building like the one depicted up above to be quite futuristic but here’s the thing, that video is from 2008. Initially it was claimed that this Dynamic Tower would be built by 2010. If it were so, this blog post would probably be more reportage than speculation. But the Wikipedia entry on the building shows that the dreams of the project’s architect, David Fisher, take after the internet in more ways than one:
Anyway, my favorite section of the project’s official website is this one, wherein there are excellent half-baked ruminations on “the concept of time” and “history and the fourth dimension.” If you are a regular reader of this here blog, you will know I am a great fan of half-baked ruminations.
Then again, reality is often just as surprising as people’s babbling fictions.
Don’t believe me?
Well, a former colleague recently reminded me of the time I did work for these people:
Headquarters of The Longaberger Company (exterior view)
Headquarters of The Longaberger Company (interior view)
This building borrows its the shape from the company’s best-selling product, the “Medium Market Basket.”
Optimism about such blue-sky futures varies from person-to-person. For example, the innovator of the basket-shaped building did not find as much enthusiasm for his dreams among his heirs.
In summation, I have mixed feelings about these kinds of buildings. I mean, the Dynamic Tower strikes me as the Lamborghini of the architectural world — you should know what I mean by that — but I hope all freakish heart beats strong for a long, long time.
Posted by Alec Hanley Bemis
Tags: Brion Gysin, Credit Derivatives, David Fisher, Dynamic Tower, Internet Poem, The Longaberger Company, The Problem with Technology, The Problem With the Avant Garde, Tower of Babel, Wicker Baskets