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Mickey Mao’s Playhouse (or why weird architecture isn’t that new, and why we need this weird crap)


Can weird architecture contribute to society? It depends on your definition of weird, and if that definition of weird includes any reference to starships, phallic symbols, and teapots.

I came across this article (http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/20/travel/gallery/china-weird-buildings-2015/index.html) regarding some recent unique architecture being built in China. Is it weird? Yeah, you could say that. Is that bad? Kinda, kinda not.

“Weird” architecture has always been around. The first time a nomadic civilization came across a permanent settlement one of those nomads declared, “Holy crap that’s weird.” (Imagine a Sumerian accent.) And when people first saw the completion of the Pyramids of Giza and The Sphinx someone uttered, “Holy crap that’s weird.” (Let’s go with a Hittite accent.) And when the Europeans in the Middle Ages were constructing buildings within the ruins of ancient Roman stadiums you know someone thought, “These ancient structures provideth us with stable and firm foundations to buildeth our homes.” (Okay, maybe not the best example of my point, but only because saying “Holy crap that’s weird” in Europe during the Middle Ages usually meant being excommunicated by The Church.)

So where was I… yes, there has always been weird architecture. More recent historical weirdness includes Antoni Gaudi, Buckminster Fuller, and Robert Venturi. And maybe their weirdness came across as kitsch or gimcrack (my word of the day), but within the DNA of this weirdness came a new perspective in design, architecture, structure, and perception. Yes, Gaudi is weird, but it gave us Santiago Calatrava. Bucky was way the hell out there, but it gave us Renzo Piano. And Bob, yeah, he had these weird ideas of ducks and decorated sheds, which basically has led to all of the images in the above link to Chinese architecture.

Weird architecture is not only good, it’s necessary. It’s the architectural proving ground to all future ideologies that will define how we live, how we worship, how we do business, and how we ultimately shape who we are now and in the future.

Live long and prosper.


Some of the weirdest homes in the world

This link to the weirdest homes in the world seems somewhat apropos after recently posting an article mentioning Daniel Libeskind. There are probably some attributes from these homes that may revolutionize the way we construct buildings (such as the curvilinear form of the NURBan Design), and there are homes where the implementation of their construction methods are highly improbable (such as the LEGO house – which if I had this house I would fear that I would come home from work and find that my son decided to disassemble the house to build a large spaceship).

Everything we take for granted today was once a weird idea (a carriage that moves without a horse, phones with no wires, a blanket with a hood and sleeves that makes everyone look like a druid), so take a good look at these homes because there’s a good chance you’ll be living in one in the not so distant future. Well, maybe not the LEGO house. But who’s to say you won’t be living in a LEGO spaceship.

The houses can be seen at this website – http://dornob.com/design/architecture/offbeat/