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Evolving from an exhibition at the Renaissance Society in 1996, Thinking the Unthinkable House presents Ben Nicholson's interests of linking hardcore scholarship, everyday observations and architectural design into an intractable system of connections. This CD-Rom, a multimedia website that is too large to comfortably set into the World Wide Web, is the ideal vehicle to make these cross-references viable and visible. Central to the CD-Rom, are two projects called The Kleptoman Cell and The Loaf House: these real and virtual works of architecture probe the psyche of the Aamerican home, commingling a host of provocative websites with each room. To compliment this theme of domesticity, a project about the B-52 Stratofortress bomber muses over militaristic matters. Above this fracas, supportive works are presented. A sacred geometric pavement, from a building of Michelangelo, is uncovered for the first time. Two complete facimilies of Nicholson's sketchbooks give insight to the working process. Interviews, music, and other collaborations are included, with notable figures such as Daniel Libeskind, Dr. David Farrell Krell, Dr. Jay Kappraff and Hartmut Bitomsky,as well as the talents of Blake Summers, Dr. Rolf Bagemihl, Peter Ippolito, Gene Coleman, Dr. David Gunkel and Catherine Wetzel. The CD-Rom, operable on Win 3.11, Win 95, Win NT and Mac OS, is a multimedia website that includes: ca.2,500 html files; ca.1,500 images; 370 sound and video files; a book and 15 articles by Ben Nicholson; and two complete sketchbooks. Included in the CD-Rom is the following licenced software: Apple Quicktime, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Netscape Communicator 4.03.
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Credits: I dedicate the CD-Rom to my students of the past ten years, who have refined the thought. Without their fellowship, this body of work would not have been possible.
Laurentian Library. My thanks to Dr. Rolf Bagemihl and Blake Summers, with Wayne Bock, Prof. Tim Brown, Tim Burke, Sogjin Choi, Alice Chun, Thitima Chutikanont, Asli Velidedeoglis, Brendon Diamond, Frooz Ghoravanchi, Simon Hay, Anselm von Held, Saori Hisano, Betsy Horner, Dr. Jay Kappraff, Josephine Kipper, Mark Knutson, Billy Kokalias, Jonathan Kost, George Krassas, Michael Kuenstile, Melanie Langwort, M. Lee, Robert Leene, Linda Leigh, Nate Lindsay, Michael Mellor, Dan Magno, Chit-tin Montatupalin, Dir. Dott Morandini, Col. John Nicholson, Jim O'Toole, Veronica Pazaran, Billy Quinn, P. Rujanaphit, Sergej Safonov, R. Smith, David Tsevat, Ann Thrush, David Toan, Prof. Catherine Q. Wetzel, Julie Wheeler, Himgan Wibisono, Kristina Yu. Kleptoman Cell. My thanks to Silvano Sole, with Barbara Arendt, Steve Badgett, Martin Lockwood Bean, Paul Billingsley, Brian Buczkowski, Tim Burd, Dan Cantwell, Mark Demsky, David Driscoll, Nina Eliassides, Bill Ewert, Christine Frankowitz, Kevin Garry, Dr. David Gunkel, Michael Henning, P. Holla, Michael Kuenstile, Brian Kulezic, Dan Magno, Tim McDonald, John Mrozek, Jim O'Toole, Bob Pontarelli, Tony Rizzuto, Louise Rubin, David Schultz, Mark Searls, Darrell Slomiany, Elaine Tisovec, Susannah Tobin, Steve Turk, Eric Ward, Mark Webber, Ferhat Zerin. Loaf House. My thanks to Prof. Catherine Q. Wetzel and Peter Ippolito, with Amy Berka, Virgil Bistriceanu, Jonathan Block, Tim Burke, Joe Burns S.E.,A.I.A., Carly Carlson, Winai Chairakpong, Simon Chan, Oh Moon Cho, Mike Cippriani, Gene Coleman + Ensemble Noamnesia, Boris Cubas, Greg Delaleurs, Dr. Majoub Elnemeri, Serhan Gurkin, Fritz Head, Saori Hisano, Dr. David Gunkel, Jason Kerwin, Prof, John Kreigshauser, Nate Lindsay, Chit-tin Montatupalin, Laura Foster Nicholson, Veronica Pazaran, Beate Schiltmeyer, Ralph Schopen, Issa Sherzad, Scott Skipworth, Mat Snethen, Asli Velidedeoglis, Kristina Yu, Lane Zabala. B-52 Pickup. Uncle Al Percy, Larry Ballard, Hartmut Bitomsky, Tom Hartman, Jim McCoy, Durey Felton, Gerard Fugere, Doug Fritz, Peter Ippolito, Charles Lipp with Steve Butters, Mari Shay and Jeff Kowalkowski. Website and CD. Peter Ippolito with Dr. Jim Karagiannes, John Mrozek and Saori Hisano. I would especially like to thank friends who have given their unwavering support: Don Bates, Susanne Ghez, David F. Krell, Phyllis Lambert, Daniel & Nina Libeskind, Seymour Persky, Jesse Reiser, Gene Summers and Stanley Tigerman.About the Author:
Ben Nicholson, MWM, 44, ISO architecture. Interests include: design of real and virtual houses, writing, teaching at IIT, study of sacred geometry, Michelangelo and B-52 Bombers.
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