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We hope you can join us for the Artist Talk: Monica Narula from Raqs Media Collective this Thursday at .The evening will...
04/12/2023

We hope you can join us for the Artist Talk: Monica Narula from Raqs Media Collective this Thursday at .

The evening will start with the film ‘The Bicyclist Who Fell into a Time Cone‘ screening (the film is a central piece of the exhibition ‘1980 in Parallax‘, currently on view at The Cosmic House until 22 December). A conversation between Eszter Steierhoffer, Director of the Jencks Foundation, and Raqs Media Collective member Monica Narula will follow.

📅 7 December
⏲️ 18:30 - 19:45
📍The Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, W1F 7LW.
🎟️ Booking is essential, visit the link in our bio.

Image: Monica Narula at the ‘1980 in Parallax‘ exhibition by Raqs Media Collective at The Cosmic House. Photo by Thierry Bal.

Casa Papanice by Paolo Portoghesi (Rome, 1971–1973). ‘Organic’ ornament in ceramic tile refers to ‘blue’ sky and ‘green’...
30/11/2023

Casa Papanice by Paolo Portoghesi (Rome, 1971–1973). ‘Organic’ ornament in ceramic tile refers to ‘blue’ sky and ‘green’ ground, while the gold ironically symbolises the wealth of the owner. The Rococo lightness of the vertical stripes was ‘composed’ according to a Vivaldi piece.

The interior (second slide) shows organic and applied ornament – the concentric circles – which focus on the traditional centre of the house: the hearth, the dining table and views.

Analysis by Portoghesi (third slide), shows overlapping foci of space, an idea extended from the Baroque work of Francisco Borromini and applied in a new way. The mixture of codes is characteristically Post-Modern.

Slides from the Jencks Archive.

As Charles Jencks theorised, by the late-twentieth century the monument lost its cultural permanence and architects need...
25/11/2023

As Charles Jencks theorised, by the late-twentieth century the monument lost its cultural permanence and architects needed a new strategy to create icons for a more plural and agonistic society. He described this through his concept of the enigmatic signifier: ‘carefully designed abstract representation of many different meanings – that was suggestive just in the right way‘.

Madelon Vriesendorp's humorous cartoons – such as the metamorphoses of Frank Gehry’s buildings – lent powerful visual representation to Charles’ ideas, and were published in ‘The Story of Post-Modernism: Five Decades of the Ironic, Iconic and Critical in Architecture‘ (2011).

A selection of cartoons are a part of our current site-specific exhibition ‘Cosmic Housework‘. Head to the link in our bio to learn more. ⬆

Images:
1, 4. Madelon Vriesendorp, Illustration of Disney Concert Hall in LA as an Enigmatic Signifier for ‘The Story of Post-Modernism‘, c. 2011. Photo by Giulio Sheaves.
2, 3. Madelon Vriesendorp, Illustration of Bilbao Guggenheim as an Enigmatic Signifier for ‘The Story of Post-Modernism‘, c. 2011. Photo by Giulio Sheaves.

Visit the link in bio to read the ninth in our essay series addressing the question ‘Whose Post-Modernism?’ which invite...
24/11/2023

Visit the link in bio to read the ninth in our essay series addressing the question ‘Whose Post-Modernism?’ which invites multiple voices to collectively remap the year 1980 from various geographical and cultural perspectives beyond the West, while reflecting on its legacies today.

Léa-Catherine Szacka's () essay addresses the place of 'The Presence of the Past' within the wider history of the development of Post-Modernism in architecture.

Our editorial project ‘1980 in Parallax‘, which explores notions and examples of Post-Modernism outside the Western cont...
20/11/2023

Our editorial project ‘1980 in Parallax‘, which explores notions and examples of Post-Modernism outside the Western context, will culminate in a screening and panel discussion in the British Pavilion at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, in conjunction with the exhibition, ‘Dancing Before the Moon‘.

Participants will include Lukasz Stanek, Professor of Architectural History at A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan; artist Monica Narula of Raqs Media Collective; and Neal Shasore, architectural historian and Head of School at the London School of Architecture. The panel will be moderated by Jencks Foundation Director Eszter Steierhoffer and will be followed by a screening of Raqs Media Collective’s film ‘The Bicyclist Who Fell into a Time Cone‘, commissioned by the Jencks Foundation at The Cosmic House.

📅 Thursday, 23 November
⏲️ 2:30 - 5 PM
📍British Pavilion, Giardini of the Venice Biennale, Viale Giardini Pubblici, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy
🎟️ Please book at the link in our bio (the event is free for all Biennale ticket holders)

Image: Still from ‘The Bicyclist Who Fell into a Time Cone‘ (2023) by Raqs Media Collective, commissioned by The Jencks Foundation.

Happy   from The Cosmic House! The Cosmic Loo is one of the first things you see once you enter   through the original e...
19/11/2023

Happy from The Cosmic House!

The Cosmic Loo is one of the first things you see once you enter through the original entrance and it certainly does not look like a regular toilet! It has a frieze of postcards that brightens the room and adds an extra layer to the design. The brilliant artist Madelon Vriesendorp created new postcards for the frieze as a part of her site-specific exhibition ‘Cosmic Housework‘ currently at the house. Make sure you check these out when you visit us!

The plan drawing of the 'Garden of Cosmic Speculation' (created in collaboration between Charles Jencks and Maggie Keswi...
16/11/2023

The plan drawing of the 'Garden of Cosmic Speculation' (created in collaboration between Charles Jencks and Maggie Keswick) expresses the concept of self-organising geometries that are apparent in Nature and were important to the designers, using a simple technique of nested repeating lines.

Image: Charles Jencks, Garden of Waves, 1993. Felt tip on canvas. ©John Jencks.

You can now watch the symposium that opened our first off-site exhibition ‘Chronograms of Architecture‘ organised in col...
14/11/2023

You can now watch the symposium that opened our first off-site exhibition ‘Chronograms of Architecture‘ organised in collaboration with Architecture and the Architectural Association ().

Head to the link in bio to watch the symposium and to learn more about the ‘Chronograms of Architecture‘. ⬆

The Moonwell has this magical power to play with one's sight: how many windows do you see? Where does the mirror start? ...
12/11/2023

The Moonwell has this magical power to play with one's sight: how many windows do you see? Where does the mirror start? Where does it end?

The Moonwell was created to balance the Solar staircase - a spiral staircase connecting the whole house, that has a window to each room in the house and brings so much light to the spaces. The Moonwell is much smaller and only has one skylight in the ceiling. The mirror covered wall creates a tube-like optical illusion with countless window structures reflecting the light into the darker, more intimate space of the house, just outside the Foursquare room - which was the main bedroom.

Images:
1. A slide from the Jencks archive, 1984.
2. The Moonwell, Photo by Charles Jencks.

Visit the link in bio to read the eighth in our essay series addressing the question ‘Whose Post-Modernism?’ which invit...
10/11/2023

Visit the link in bio to read the eighth in our essay series addressing the question ‘Whose Post-Modernism?’ which invites multiple voices to collectively remap the year 1980 from various geographical and cultural perspectives beyond the West, while reflecting on its legacies today.

Clare Carolin’s () essay ‘1980 in Parallax: The Strada Novissima and its Double‘ points to a formal correspondence between the Post-Modern facades of the Strada Novissima at the Venice Biennale and the illusionistic political murals of the North of Ireland, exploring how their respective narratives might overlap and outline a political climate that defined the turn of the 1980s.

Image: Bill Rolston, Beechmount Avenue, 1981. Centuries of British Oppression in Ireland. Image courtesy of Bill Rolston, reproduced from his book, 'Painting and Politics: Murals and Conflict in Northern Ireland' (p.88).

The Autumn room at The Cosmic House has three decreasing cabinets on each side of the room - these hide utility storage ...
04/11/2023

The Autumn room at The Cosmic House has three decreasing cabinets on each side of the room - these hide utility storage and are designed as images of abstract female figures, carrying baskets of grapes on their heads.

‘Only when real or marble grapes are put into the voids above their heads - baskets of space which are only just visible - will this image become more explicit‘, says Charles.

🎉 Zaha Hadid was born on this day, 31 October, in 1950. 🎉A close friend to Charles, Zaha has often celebrated her birthd...
31/10/2023

🎉 Zaha Hadid was born on this day, 31 October, in 1950. 🎉

A close friend to Charles, Zaha has often celebrated her birthday at The Cosmic House. In the picture (from left to right: Rem Koolhaas, Charles Jencks and Zaha Hadid) she is sitting in the Summer Room glancing up toward the Architectural Library. Behind the picture is a document from our archive with Charles' speech when Zaha won the Jencks Award in 2006. In the paragraph above, Charles stated: ‘...Zaha emerged fully grown from the top of Rem's head, in 1976, when she produced her graduating project for him at the AA.​‘

One can never know what's hiding in the  : during book cataloguing our volunteer chanced upon a model of ‘The Leadenhall...
31/10/2023

One can never know what's hiding in the : during book cataloguing our volunteer chanced upon a model of ‘The Leadenhall Building‘, famously know as the 'cheesegrater' (architects: Richard Rogers, Graham Stirk).

☄️👋 We are looking for volunteers to help us out with various aspects that contribute to the smooth running of the house...
28/10/2023

☄️👋 We are looking for volunteers to help us out with various aspects that contribute to the smooth running of the house museum and archive! ☄️👋

If you would like to learn more about the volunteering opportunity, please follow the link in our bio or email us on [email protected].

Our first off-site exhibition, ‘Chronograms of Architecture‘, organised in collaboration with  Architecture and the Arch...
26/10/2023

Our first off-site exhibition, ‘Chronograms of Architecture‘, organised in collaboration with Architecture and the Architectural Association is now open at the AA Gallery in London.

‘Chronograms of Architecture‘ takes its starting point from Charles Jencks’ iconic ‘Evolutionary Tree‘ chronograms and invites different artists, architects and thinkers to create six new diagrams — perhaps six streams of a map of now — provoking questions around the techno-optimism and techno-bureaucracy, the feminist spatial practice and racial disparity, and the ecological implications and the productive conditions of architecture.

The exhibition is open until 9 December at the AA Front Members' Room. Head to the link in our bio to learn more. ⬆️

Images: Installation view of ‘Chronograms of Architecture‘ at Architectural Association. Photos by Elena Andreea Teleaga, courtesy of the Architectural Association.

‘La Strada Novissima’, an exhibition of twenty façades that lined each side of a 70-metre ‘street’ inside the Corderie b...
24/10/2023

‘La Strada Novissima’, an exhibition of twenty façades that lined each side of a 70-metre ‘street’ inside the Corderie building of Venice’s Arsenale was the centre-piece of the 1980 Venice Architectural Biennale. With each façade designed by an individual architect or practice, the exhibition explored the urban street and reflected on stylistic pluralism within Post-Modern architecture.

Our current research theme ‘‘isms and ‘wasms: 1980 in Parallax‘, takes the year 1980 as its starting point. Head to the link in our bio to learn more. ⬆

Images:
1. Façade by Josef Paul Kleihues, ‘Strada Novissima’, Presence of the Past, Venice, 1980. Photograph by Charles Jencks.
2. Façades by Costantino Dardi, Michael Graves and Frank O. Gehry (left to right), ‘Strada Novissima’, Presence of the Past, Venice, 1980. Photograph by Charles Jencks.
3. Façade by Stanley Tigerman, ‘Strada Novissima’, Presence of the Past, Venice, 1980. Photograph by Charles Jencks.
4. Façade by Allan Greenberg, ‘Strada Novissima’, Presence of the Past, Venice, 1980. Photograph by Charles Jencks.

An important reference and collegue to Charles, Anthony Vidler, architectural historian, educator and critic, died on 19...
23/10/2023

An important reference and collegue to Charles, Anthony Vidler, architectural historian, educator and critic, died on 19 October, at age 82. The symposium ‘Chronograms of Architecture‘ that we organised with Architecture at the Architectural Association () last Friday, was dedicated to Vidler's memory.

Vidler's death is a great loss to the field of architecture, but his memory will always live in his brilliant writings. A few books by Vidler are in – full of Charles notes and stuffed with single articles by Vidler from newspapers and magazines.

📣 Our first off-site exhibition ‘Chronograms of Architecture‘ is opening today! 📣We organised this exhibition in collabo...
20/10/2023

📣 Our first off-site exhibition ‘Chronograms of Architecture‘ is opening today! 📣

We organised this exhibition in collaboration with Architecture and Architectural Association, , and we are launching it with an international symposium which will start at 11am today, please join us in person at or watch live following the link in our bio.

To celebrate the opening, we are sharing a brilliant essay by Professor and Dean Emeritus of GSAPP at Columbia University Mark Wigley (), who traces the history of Jencks’ diagrams. To read the essay, head to the link in our bio. ⬆

Images are from the Jencks archive.

In the process of design, Charles produced symbolic programmes for each room. These were written prior to the design, an...
17/10/2023

In the process of design, Charles produced symbolic programmes for each room. These were written prior to the design, and altered and edited together with collaborators, artists and craftsmen.

This programme for Autumn Room quotes from a variety of sources, and includes a small passage about the myth of Artemis. 🍂

 : work has started on cataloguing the books and slides within the Architectural Library, head to the link in our bio to...
15/10/2023

: work has started on cataloguing the books and slides within the Architectural Library, head to the link in our bio to explore our growing catalogue!

Charles’ extensive collection of slides, the majority of which he took himself, are not only a visual reference library but also used to illustrate his publications and lectures. The catalogue follows Charles’ own arrangement, with the slides listed according to their physical location, many of them in the ‘slide scrapers’, visual puns of sky scrapers in his ‘city of books’ that make up the Architectural Library.

Images:
1. and 2. Boxes of slides in the Slide Scrapers at the Architectural Library.
3. Slide Scraper at the Architectural Library. Photo by Charles Jencks

We are gearing up for our first off-site exhibition ‘Chronograms of Architecture’, which is opening next Friday at the A...
13/10/2023

We are gearing up for our first off-site exhibition ‘Chronograms of Architecture’, which is opening next Friday at the Architectural Association .

This new essay ‘Notes on (Post-)Modernist Abstractions and (Post-)colonial Resolutions‘ by Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz Garcia from WAI Think Tank () is a part of our research program ‘‘Isms And ‘Wasms: Chronograms of Architecture’. It explores the transatlantic slave trade and the development of a global capitalist system, and reworks Charles Jencks’ diagram ‘Evolutionary Tree to the Year 2000‘.

Visit the link in our bio to read it. ⬆

Image: WAI Think Tank, Chronocartography of anti-Black regimes, reworking Charles Jencks’ Evolutionary Tree, 2020. ©WAI Think Tank.

We are delighted to let you know that the  film ‘The Bicyclist Who Fell into a Time Cone‘ (the film is a central piece o...
11/10/2023

We are delighted to let you know that the film ‘The Bicyclist Who Fell into a Time Cone‘ (the film is a central piece of an exhibition ‘1980 in Parallax‘, currently on view at The Cosmic House until 22 December) will be screened at .

The screening will be followed by a conversation between Eszter Steierhoffer, Director of the Jencks Foundation, and Raqs Media Collective member Monica Narula.

📅 7 December
⏲️ 18:30 - 19:45
📍The Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, W1F 7LW.
🎟️ Booking is essential, visit the link in our bio.

Image: Still from ‘The Bicyclist Who Fell into a Time Cone‘ (2023) by Raqs Media Collective, commissioned by The Jencks Foundation.

🎉 Maggie Keswick Jencks was born on this day in 1941 🎉Our inaugural artist in residence, Marysia Lewandowska's sound ins...
10/10/2023

🎉 Maggie Keswick Jencks was born on this day in 1941 🎉

Our inaugural artist in residence, Marysia Lewandowska's sound installation ’how to pass through a door’ (2022) was conceived as a tribute to Maggie. We are thrilled to announce that this piece is now part of our permanent collection. The work activates Maggie’s voice by relying on archival records, both spoken and written, of her lectures and writings; you will now be able to hear it on demand when visiting The Cosmic House.

Image: Portrait of Maggie Keswick Jencks from one of her early note books.

Here are a few slides depicting the first ever Venice Architecture Biennale in 1980 that announced Post-Modernism as the...
08/10/2023

Here are a few slides depicting the first ever Venice Architecture Biennale in 1980 that announced Post-Modernism as the international mainstream of architecture and Charles was quick to document it.

Remembered as an exhibition that would showcase ‘stylistic Post-Modernism’, it in fact intended to explore architecture’s capacity to communicate, to act as a language, and to return to the collective culture of the urban street.

Our current research theme ‘‘isms and ‘wasms: 1980 in Parallax‘, takes the year 1980 as its starting point. Head to the link in our bio to learn more. ⬆

Images:
1. and 2. Aldo Rossi, Teatro del Mondo, Presence of the Past, Venice, 1980. Photograph by Charles Jencks.
3. Charles Jencks, Photograph of visitors to the Biennale, Presence of the Past, Venice, 1980.

The Cosmic House has seventeen   that are written on the walls of the Cosmic Oval, the original entry to the house. Char...
05/10/2023

The Cosmic House has seventeen that are written on the walls of the Cosmic Oval, the original entry to the house. Charles wrote that the entrance: ‘...is designed to be pretentious - to pretend to more knowledge and wisdom than we can possibly have.‘ An epigram lists the themes for the house – a poem-like introduction to the complex iconographic programme that is to follow.

Swipe to see a typewritten document that was a draft laying out the themes of The Thematic House, later renamed by Charles Jencks The Cosmic House.

Images:
1. The Comic Oval, photograph by Sue Barr.
2. Charles Jencks, Seventeen Themes of the Thematic House, c. 1978-1983. Typewritten document.

Coming soon: our first off-site exhibition, ‘Chronograms of Architecture‘, organised in collaboration with  Architecture...
03/10/2023

Coming soon: our first off-site exhibition, ‘Chronograms of Architecture‘, organised in collaboration with Architecture and the Architectural Association, will be held in the AA Gallery in London.

The exhibition will be launched with an international symposium on the 20 October. Head to the link in our bio for more info.

Image: Charles Jencks, Evolutionary Tree to the Year 2000, 1969, with revisions and notes c.1999. © Jencks Foundation

In this recent interview,  and Jencks Foundation Director  discuss artist‘s new work and exhibition ‘Cosmic Housework‘ a...
25/09/2023

In this recent interview, and Jencks Foundation Director discuss artist‘s new work and exhibition ‘Cosmic Housework‘ at The Cosmic House, on view until May 2024. Head to the link in our bio to read it.

Image: Madelon Vriesendorp at The Cosmic House. Photo Giulio Sheaves, courtesy Jencks Foundation.

Visit the link in bio to read the seventh in our new essay series addressing the question ‘Whose Post-Modernism?’ which ...
22/09/2023

Visit the link in bio to read the seventh in our new essay series addressing the question ‘Whose Post-Modernism?’ which invites multiple voices to collectively remap the year 1980 from various geographical and cultural perspectives beyond the West, while reflecting on its legacies today.

In the new essay ‘1980 in Parallax: Zbigniew Dmochowski in Nigeria‘, Łukasz Stanek writes about Polish architect and scholar Zbigniew Dmochowski’s research on traditional architecture in Nigeria, and the contradictions and complexities behind his decolonising ambitions.

Our tickets for the rest of the year have now sold out. As The Cosmic House is a small, grade I listed, domestic space t...
20/09/2023

Our tickets for the rest of the year have now sold out. As The Cosmic House is a small, grade I listed, domestic space that is situated in a residential area, we have a very strict planning permission to follow, which limits the number of visitors we can accommodate and our flexibility.

Although we cannot maintain a waiting list, we would like to encourage you to check the website now and again, as any cancelled or returned tickets are released straight back on to the website. Thank you for your patience and understanding 🙏

Image: The Garden facade with a representation of the family of four through the repeated ‘Jencksiana’ motif, photograph by Sue Barr.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Director, Eszter Steierhoffer, while Lily Jencks moves into the ...
19/09/2023

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Director, Eszter Steierhoffer, while Lily Jencks moves into the role of Executive Chair. Eszter has served as Artistic Director at the Jencks Foundation since 2020 and brings a wealth of experience and passion from previous roles as Senior Curator at the Design Museum in London and Curator Contemporary at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. Congratulations Eszter!

Image: Lily Jencks and Eszter Steierhoffer in The Garden of Cosmic Speculations, Portrack. Photo: Rachel Denniston.

A site-specific exhibition ‘Cosmic Housework‘ by Madelon Vriesendorp () at The Cosmic House is now open!A long-time frie...
14/09/2023

A site-specific exhibition ‘Cosmic Housework‘ by Madelon Vriesendorp () at The Cosmic House is now open!

A long-time friend of Charles and Maggie Jencks, Madelon, a Dutch artist, has been a frequent visitor to their home. ‘Cosmic Housework‘ brings together already existing pieces with new site-specific commissions, offering a playful (re)interpretation and humorous subversion of the symbolism imbued in the architecture of The Cosmic House.

Humour is central to the exhibition, echoing Madelon and Charles’s friendship that was voraciously productive for them both. Head to our link in bio to learn more about the exhibition.

Images:
1. Madelon Vriesendorp, Snake from the ‘Mind Game‘ series, installation view of Cosmic Housework at The Cosmic House. Photo by Thierry Bal.
2. Madelon Vriesendorp, Body Pillows, Clock, and Dice from the ‘Mind Game‘ series, installation view of Cosmic Housework at The Cosmic House. Photo by Thierry Bal.
3. Madelon Vriesendorp, Plastic Surgery, installation view of Cosmic Housework at The Cosmic House. Photo by Thierry Bal.

Visit the link in bio to read the sixth in our new essay series addressing the question ‘Whose Post-Modernism?’ which in...
08/09/2023

Visit the link in bio to read the sixth in our new essay series addressing the question ‘Whose Post-Modernism?’ which invites multiple voices to collectively remap the year 1980 from various geographical and cultural perspectives beyond the West, while reflecting on its legacies today.

In the new essay '1980 in Parallax: On the Queerness of the AT&T Building' Aaron Betsky considers Philip Johnson’s AT&T Building, its cultural context in early 1980s New York and its role in queering Manhattan’s Modernist skyline.

We are very excited to introduce our new artist-in-residence, Sonia Leimer .In anticipation of our forthcoming exhibitio...
05/09/2023

We are very excited to introduce our new artist-in-residence, Sonia Leimer .

In anticipation of our forthcoming exhibition with Sonia in 2024, she will be taking over our social media to share what she has been working on!

Sonia: ‘I’m very happy to collaborate with Eszter Steierhoffer on a new commissioned work at the Jencks Foundation at The Cosmic House in London. The new work will explore cosmic dust and microscopic views. These are pictures of the amazing architecture and interior of The Cosmic House during my first visit a few months ago. Now I’m back for a second visit.’

This project is a scientific partnership with The Natural History Museum in Vienna and Julia Walter- Rosjar, and partly supported by Phileas in Vienna. .art

Although Summer is ending soon and Autumn is already in the air, the Summer room at The Cosmic House is blessed with Sum...
31/08/2023

Although Summer is ending soon and Autumn is already in the air, the Summer room at The Cosmic House is blessed with Summer dance throughout the year.

Charles Jencks commissioned Allen Jones to create a painting for the Summer room (c. 1978-1983) and it was loosely based on Nicolas Poussin's painting 'A Dance to the Music of Time'. Vivid, joyful colours are quick to catch one's eye the minute you walk into the room.

Images:
1, 2. Allen Jones painting in the Summer Room (c. 1978-1983), The Cosmic House.
3. Nicolas Poussin, 'A Dance to the Music of Time', painted between c. 1634 and 1636, ©The Wallace Collection.

Have you noticed how unusual the roof in the Architectural Library looks?The asymmetrical, curvy roof was created in res...
26/08/2023

Have you noticed how unusual the roof in the Architectural Library looks?

The asymmetrical, curvy roof was created in response to the branch of a tree that overhung the house back in the 80's and Maggie insisted should be retained.

The tree is long gone now, but the curvy roof stays as a reminder of the compromise between architecture, nature and the client.

Images:
1. and 2. Architectural Library, photograph by Sue Barr.
3. The Cosmic House exterior, photograph by Charles Jencks.

During your visit at The Cosmic House, be sure not to miss the three augmented reality interventions by  spread across t...
23/08/2023

During your visit at The Cosmic House, be sure not to miss the three augmented reality interventions by spread across the museum.

They truly extends the physical architecture of The Cosmic House and its potential interpretations!

Images by Giulio Sheaves.

Visit the link in bio to read the fifth in our new essay series addressing the question ‘Whose Post-Modernism?’ which in...
11/08/2023

Visit the link in bio to read the fifth in our new essay series addressing the question ‘Whose Post-Modernism?’ which invites multiple voices to collectively remap the year 1980 from various geographical and cultural perspectives beyond the West, while reflecting on its legacies today.

In the new essay '1980 in Parallax: From Post-Modernism to Post-Modernisation in China' Cole Roskam reflects on the global impact of the ‘Post-Modernisation’ of the People’s Republic of China and the challenges presented by China’s inclusion within an international architectural production.

We are pleased to present 'Cosmic Housework', a site-specific exhibition by Madelon Vriesendorp () playfully responding ...
11/08/2023

We are pleased to present 'Cosmic Housework', a site-specific exhibition by Madelon Vriesendorp () playfully responding to the various spaces and key themes of The Cosmic House, on view from 12 September 2023 to 31 May 2024.

A long-time friend of Charles and Maggie Jencks, Madelon has been a frequent visitor to their home, The Cosmic House in Holland Park, A close collaborator to Charles, Madelon lent visual expression to many of his theories ranging from the ‘enigmatic signifiers’ of Post-Modern architecture to landforms of his later landscape design.

Image: Photograph of Madelon Vriesendorp and Charles Jencks wearing the Cosmic Suit at The Cosmic House, with drawings of the design of the Cosmic Suit for Charles Jencks, c. 2009. Photo by Giulio Sheaves.

Visit the link in bio to read the fourth in our new essay series addressing the question ‘Whose Post-Modernism?’ which i...
28/07/2023

Visit the link in bio to read the fourth in our new essay series addressing the question ‘Whose Post-Modernism?’ which invites multiple voices to collectively remap the year 1980 from various geographical and cultural perspectives beyond the West, while reflecting on its legacies today.

This new essay, '1980 in Parallax: Plaza de la Constitución, Post-Modernism, History and Propaganda in Pinochet’s Chile' by Lidia Klein is a case study of the Plaza de la Constitución in Santiago de Chile and explores the entangled relationship of Post-Modern Architecture with non-Western authoritarian regimes.

As some of you may know, we have hosted  as a live-in resident at The Cosmic House as part of its inaugural programme ‘A...
21/07/2023

As some of you may know, we have hosted as a live-in resident at The Cosmic House as part of its inaugural programme ‘Architistics: Architecture’s Lingusitics’.

Lev’s residency focused on inventing new public-event formats specific to The Cosmic House, Charles Jencks’ archive and library – an environment loaded with ideas and primed for interventions and interpretations. The pamphlet '21 games that you can play with a cosmic house' is the result of his residency.

The booklet can be picked up during your visit to The Cosmic House. Sign up to our newsletter (link in bio ⬆) to know when the new batch of tickets will go live.

Photos by Giulio Sheaves

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