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Marking the beginning of OfficeUS’ last issue Bullets Without Ideology, OfficeUS targets some of the projects Partners will develop in the future present. PARK is an investigation on corporate social responsibility and the way it shapes the future of our cities. It analyzes a contemporary product, Disney Citizenship, through the case of Walt Disney World theme park design. Disney Citizenship is a branding strategy and internet portal that materializes the commitment of Disney corporation to promote “the happiness and well-being of kids and families.” Working its way through Disney’s supposedly microcosm, PARK unfolds how Disney Citizenship is a testbed for Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN) technology and the shifts it promotes in the spatial organization of the architecture of entertainment,

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University of Bad Ideas — Concepts for the Future of Architectural Education

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Now that the end of history has officially come to an end, we turn our attention to planning for a future that will always defy our expectations. Not that there will be no future, but that it will be a disintegrated collection of futures, futures that will have changed the way we experience places and events. Although we are architects, we choose not to ask what these places and events might be. Instead, we are choosing to investigate the present-day spaces in which these futures are currently being formulated: the architectural university. We propose to turn the Oslo Architectural Triennale into a period for the production of alternative educational experiments, a period of public debate over new approaches to architectural

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8 statements on the US Pavilion: a crypto-materialist treatise — for Volume Magazine

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Starting from the research on the physical alterations that the pavilion has undergone as a result of its continual changing of hands since 1930, the treatise attempts to project a future life of the privately owned pavilion through a scenario in which the pavilion is disassembled and sold through a crowd-sourced financial model. This alternative life of the US pavilion would reconstitute the pavilion wherever two or more pieces are collected together, leading to an entirely unforeseeable collection of architectural assemblages testifying to the altered economic state of the United States’ national representation in Venice. Text and Images for Volume #41: How to Build a Nation, Page 62—67 images: Future crowd-sourced U.S. pavilions     - 4. The United States is

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Housing Public Good Mix

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The OfficeUS Mix for Housing Public Good consisting samples from MTV Cribs, a reality show that features the houses of celebrities, shows the opinion of high society housing in contrast to public housing. The celebrities give tours to their houses, while showing the essential for a ‘home': shoe room, swimming pool, Feng Shui, palm trees, … The office mixes explore the topics of OfficeUS through associative soundscapes. Not only do they put into question the technological and economic rationality that seems to underlie architectural exports of the U.S. They also exhibit a cultural back and forth, a complex on and off, superimpositions of different temporalities, qualities, highs, and lows that are specific to globalization. OfficeUS Mixes by Palm Jockey.    

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Crude Ideals Mix

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Crude Ideals is a music piece, mixing up Gulf Music, especially the music of Bahrain,which has the Gulf’s first “post-oil” economy, with US Pop tracks. Traditional music of middle east comes together with american charts. The office mixes explore the topics of OfficeUS through associative soundscapes. Not only do they put into question the technological and economic rationality that seems to underlie architectural exports of the U.S. They also exhibit a cultural back and forth, a complex on and off, superimpositions of different temporalities, qualities, highs, and lows that are specific to globalization. OfficeUS Mixes by Palm Jockey.    

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Standard Working Dinner: LABELS

For our Standard Working Dinner the question of Labor LEED – the challenges of calculated labor ethics – was put on the table through a choice of four menus we developed. Guests were kindly invited to choose between ECO, FAIR, LOCAL and QUALITY. Each person’s night was preset according to her choice. A standard menu consisting of DRINK, SANDWICH, PASTA, SEAFOOD and CAKE was customised, seasoned or subtracted to meet their requested diet. The courses and ingredients were specifically arranged to question and challenge the contradictions of the balance between how friendly is the environmentally friendly,how fair trade pleases the mind, what is supporting local economies, and what is internationally managed with quality.            

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Standard Working Dinner

The office has moved to the table. Business lunches and working dinners have collapsed eating and drinking with work, or better: they have turned eating and drinking into labor. This is part of an obvious shift to a functional organization of life in which the difference between work and recreation is being dissolved. Through company outings, team building exercises, institutionalized play and the like, life becomes work, and should therefore be observed through the lens of labor science, not life science any longer. Of course, labor science has existed since the late 19th century and can, up until today, be described as a work on work through processes of observation and objectification. In this sense, it has attempted to measure the human

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Guggenheim Cruises

OFFICEUS CHRISTENS THE FIRST FLOATING GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM-FREEPORT TO CONNECT HELSINKI WITH TALLINN AND ST. PETERSBURG Committed to far-reaching cultural, educational, and economic benefits for the Gulf of Finland Growth Triangle, the design of the traveling museum supports the cities of Helsinki, Tallinn and St. Petersburg and establishes a new metropolitan region which operates beyond the existing national borders. Guggenheim Cruises operates as a freeport art storage facility at the same time as a museum. With a capacity of up to 5,000 travellers, collectors, and art handlers, the Museum-Freeport cruise ship allows visitors to experience art in a new form. With special performance spaces, outdoor sculpture decks and humidity-controlled storage galleries, Guggenheim Cruises allows ways of participation and engagement as never

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And if everyone really believes so much in this and that…

Sometimes we think the word super as a prefix is a little funny, like supercilious for instance. Some people think United States embassies are too supercilious, they try to blow them up, still others feel they’re not super enough, more precisely, that the supererogatory demand for security has superseded something called excellence. Or rather, the somewhat vague position that diplomatic superintendents who work in excellent buildings generally have superior lives. We like to secretly believe in this kind of architectural optimism, but we get self-conscious when asked to justify it to others. Sometimes we don’t know if excellence is really so excellent or maybe it’s just a bureaucratic superlative. Anyway, the thought occurred to us that what’s really super about

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LABOR LEED: On architecture’s techno-epistemic wars

The LABOR LEED week at OfficeUS will bring together architects, software developers and academics — including participants from Autodesk and WBYA? — to discuss how we might conceive of new design tools for a more democratic world. Here are some guiding thoughts and speculations for the series of talks, workshops and charrettes that will take place at OfficeUS in Venice from September 18-20. All the events will be open to the public. MS   Can the architect speak? By which I mean, how do we speak and who do we speak for? Can we speak beyond techno-babble or market-babble? Do architects represent anyone other than themselves? Should we speak? (For others or for ourselves?) What constitutes meaningful speech in architecture?   All these questions blazed through

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