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Updated: 2017-12-15T00:43:16.673-05:00


In light of this post, it might interest you, Jeff...


In light of this post, it might interest you, Jeffrey, to know about the New York-based architect, Christian Hubert, whose website, Christian Hubert Studio, has to be SEEN to be believed:

Hubert's exterior *and* interior designs [mainly for private residences] are fantastic, and apparently he is an avid reader of Deleuze and Guattari, whose thought has been influential on his thinking of structures and landscapes, etc. I mainly stumbled across him because I discovered his wonderful online hypertextual dictionary, which he describes this way [it's a great teaching tool, by the way]:

"This hypertext web . . . is in a form somewhere between note-taking and writing. It contains extensive paraphrases of readings, generally, but not always, clearly credited. There are two main sections to this document. the other main section, less obviously concerned with science, is entitled theory.

Inside this space and is a dictionary/encyclopedia of scientific terms with critical or philosophical dimensions. Each of the spaces in this section, listed in alphabetical order, attempts a definition of a term such as phase space. Many come from readings in contemporary developments in science like chaos and complex systems studies, some theoretical biology, and some related philosophical writings, particularly the work of Deleuze and Guattari.

The conceptual model for this hypertext remains the Encyclopédie edited by Diderot. The problem of organization, especially the debate between alphabetical order and thematic or scientific order, preoccupied Diderot in the preface to the Encyclopédie. Theorists of hypertext claim the resolution of these conflicts, although a sceptic might say they simply been instrumentalized: that the renvois is identical to the link. I would hope that some aspects of that model might be developed through this document, particulary in relation to issues of multiple authorship and reading public, and that this web will eventually become both more spatial and visual in experience.

My primary interest is in the constellation of ideas and technologies, in the dense web of interlinkages between terms, in resonances between ideas from different fields. Hypertext is the writing form which best approximates this field, and when hypertext meets the internet, in the World-Wide-Web, for example, this new discursive technology promises to symbolise the embodiment of our new thought-worlds the way the clock, the book, the railway, or other prime artifacts of Western technology operated upon their own time, coevolving in feedback with the technical and social matrices that gave rise to them."

But the main reason I am thinking of Hubert in relation to this post, Jeffrey, is the project he has undertaken relative to Governor's Island in NYC. Go here for gorgeous images and text related to that: