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цarьchitect is written by Neil Flanagan, graduate of the Yale School of Architecture who also contributes to Greater Greater Washington, and is a member of Ward 3 Vision. The opinions expressed on this platform are his opinions exclusively and do not represent the opinions of employers, or Greater Greater Washington.
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A Statement of Purpose

Architecture is contingent. Architecture depends on things that are bigger than me.

цarьchitect exists to pose questions properly. The blog is a way to make verbal and graphical observations and expose them to scrutiny. The blog is practice then, for the future – but a kind of practice that can still have relevance in the present.

цarьchitect has noticed that despite the political climate in Russia, brilliant architects are lurking in the corners, leveraging the histories they have rediscovered after years of late Soviet malaise. People should probably know about this.

цarьchitect is starving the manifesto. A manifesto must be whole and self-contained. A blog is ongoing, collaborative, and perpetually in flux. A manifesto is prescriptive and absolute. A blog is descriptive and dynamic. A manifesto shouts violence at the reader and at the world. A blog can speak in multiple voices and it can listen. A manifesto is kitsch.  A blog knows when it’s become a manifesto.

цarьchitect is committed to the local. To study the particular with the general in mind is a way of testing theory. Tenleytown and Tobago are the cases to be studied.

4 Comments

  • Andrew
    September 22, 2009 - 9:23 pm | Permalink

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tenleytown/message/15258

    You’ll love this…so much for an opportunity for a little density on Wisc Ave, much less a few other amenities. The NIMBYs love this because it represents minimal change.

  • September 22, 2009 - 11:20 pm | Permalink

    Replied!

  • April 29, 2010 - 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Hey Neil,
    Thanks for organizing + hosting the activist party for Ward 3 on Tuesday evening. Great crowd and some fun conversation w/ both old + new friends. Congrats on your acceptance to Yale…I really do think it’s a great place and that you’ll benefit immensely, even w/ BS at the helm. Patty + I enjoyed catching up w/ you + Steve. I particularly like ‘discussing’ architecture, imagery + media w/ you. Hope that we have an opportunity to Best to your mom.
    David

  • September 30, 2011 - 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Neil,
    I am curious (if you don’t mind) about the origins/reason of your interest in Russian architecture and more.
    Thanks,
    Boris

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