I’m trying to think of a contemporary building or architecture that defines what I’m trying to conceptualise about the new intranet will be transmogrified in the next few years. I guess I’m looking for a metaphor in the same way Fredric Jameson took the Bonaventure Hotel to characterise postmodernism as a cultural logic
“they [these postmodern buildings] no longer attempt, as did the masterworks and monuments of high modernism, to insert a different, a distinct, an elevated, a new Utopian language into the tawdry and commercial sign system of the surrounding city, but rather they seek to speak that very language, using its lexicon and syntax as that has been emblematically “learned from Las Vegas.”
“There are three entrances to the Bonaventure, one from Figueroa and the other two by way of elevated gardens on the other side of the hotel, which is built into the remaining slope of the former Bunker Hill. None of these is anything like the old hotel marquee, or the monumental porte cochere with which the sumptuous buildings of yesteryear were wont to stage your passage from city street to the interior. The entryways of the Bonaventure are, as it were, lateral and rather backdoor affairs: the gardens in the back admit you to the sixth floor of the towers, and even there you must walk down one flight to find the elevator by which you gain access to the lobby.”
I keep on coming back to the Lloyds building as an ‘inside-out’ building (or is that outside in?) in reference to Paul Miller talking about the inside out intranet, but the Lloyds building is too structured and hidden/enclosed. I also like the Museum of Fruit in Yamanashi west Tokyo for its literal transparency, but once again it is too defined in terms of space.
Perhaps I should think in reverse and look for the new formations of the intranet being found in new architectures?