Re-inscribing the figure within the machinic sublime
Briner, Thaddeus Mies
Master of Architecture
Emerging morphology of American megalopoli includes a parallel arrival of megastructures and correlative empty spaces. Anthropomorphic relations to these phenomenon have been ignored in favor of economic efficacy and mass production. Although the scalar disjunction between space, form and figure is inherently a physically determinate one, it represents an existential conundrum concerning subjectivity as well; attempting to locate one's self among or between these megaobjects, one may also try to reconcile the externalized circumstances that created, and are right now becoming, these episodes of hyper-juxtaposition, i.e. late-capitalism. The philosophical armature of the sublime is equipped to contextualize this post- anthropomorphic architectural condition in terms of contemporary subjectivity and figural inscription. Conversely, the investigation reveals an effort to conjecture on an altered subject, in terms of what Jameson calls 'Hyperspace', the most recent mutation of space, having "succeeded in transcending the capacities of the individual human body to locate itself, to organize its immediate surroundings perceptually$\...$"$\sp1$ ftn$\sp1$Frederic Jameson, Postmodernism: or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, (Durham: Duke University Press, 1991), pg. 44.
Architecture; Urban planning; Regional planning