- January 30, 2020
In response to “An Argument Against the Everyday,” by Mark Foster Gage in Issue 3, Vol. 04: “Everyday”.
Remember Mad-Libs? This is one of those.
“An Argument Against the ___1___”
I’m not sure I’m the right person to be ___2___ on the ___1___ as it’s not really my ___3___ of ( ___1___ ___4___) ___5___. I’m more of a ___6___ person. I’m more interested in the ___7___ than the ___1___ . For me, the___1___ is just___8___ —nothing special (by definition), but it does its job of preventing ___9___ when I get home. One can, of course, make claims that there is actually___10___ in the___1___ —as has been done in architecture___11___ times a century since___12___ —but if the everyday is___13___ , it would no longer truly be___1___ . ___1___ is often synonymous with___14___ . And one cannot, by definition, be both___1___ and ___14___ . It’s a contradiction in terms. And so this argument becomes a redefinition of the term “___1___ ” rather than an argument about___15___ . Today the term “___1___ ” in ___15___ is also confused with “___16___ ” or a type of minimal effort.___17___ is a style and I’m not particularly interested in style arguments.
I just wrote about this as a response to Michael___18___ in the most recent issue of___19___  on minimal design effort and “___20___” as a position. I believe the pursuit of the___1___ in___15___ is a form of political ___21___ . As if you’re doing work that supports the___22___ of___1___ life, as it exists today (and every day), you are offering nothing to___23___ it. That means your___24___ efforts are politically___25___ . You can either design for the___1___ in which you___26___, and solve its problems to keep it running___27___, or you can design for the___28___ you want to___29___ —which explains my involvement with___30___ philosophy. I am invested in a project of speculation about___31___, and more___32___ social realities—as I’m not satisfied with the current___33___. If today’s reality is the reality you think we should___34___ in—then, by all means, design for its propagation through producing its___1___ ___15___. Of course, I think we can do better than today’s ___1___ —architecturally, politically, culturally and ___35___ . Now back to my cup of very__36____ ___5___ . My special-___37___ , as it were…
 ___19___ 39, Winter 2017: Observations on Architecture and the Contemporary City.