Architects, like scientists, thrive on cheap thought experiments which they then pay for in the field. This inclination to try out ideas in the mind first leads to a few breakthroughs and some pretentious jargon, but it is essential to the profession for sharpening concepts and taking risks.
Reyner Banham could be counted on to throw up such speculations. A Home Is Not A House, his 1965 Gedankenexperiment, was based on the unlikely proposition that the contemporary abode already contained so many pipes and gizmos it could easily evolve into something more extreme: a see-through plastic bubble plus all the necessary services.
Thus he had himself photographed in the nude sitting inside one of these transparent Gedankens, gesticulating at the high altar while its electronic wizardry churned out the delights of the day. The sixtiesâ€™ â€œstandard-of-living packageâ€ contained all the stimuli one would guess â€” food, music, old movies â€” and as drawn by FranÃ§ois Dallegret, it looked like the ultimate hardware.
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As for your CERN for Dublin comment, I was always sorry that the proposed Irish Radio Telescope, is that still going ahead, was it ever? was/is to be located at Trim Castle, a city location, perhaps at Dunsink, or even better, in the docks, would be so cool. I like what they have done with Blackrock Castle in Cork.
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