I was recently listening to some of relatively new lo-fi music (specifically Times New Viking and Ariel Pink) while mulling over some potential projects and series of blog posts that originated over at mockitecture. The subject: music-building pairings. To get up to speed on this expanding dialogue, also check out Fantastic Journal and Sit Down Man, You’re a Bloody Tragedy. Seriously, go ahead. I’ll wait….
Done? Great then, let’s continue.
So with all these ideas rattling around, I posed a question to the hive-mind of Twitter: What’s the architectural equivalent of lo-fi? However, unlike the aforementioned posts, the idea here is more general than single-serving building-song pairings. What makes lo-fi music, lo-fi? How does that innate lo-fi-ness translate into architecture? The responses were varied:
A lot of IRL answers seemed to agree with Andrew’s suggestion of slums/favelas as lo-fi architecture. I think that’s a good answer, with one caveat: lo-fi music is, more often than not these days, an intentional act leading to static, distortion and “roughness” as a desired result; an aesthetic decision. Maybe then, something closer to the photocollages of Dionisio Gonzalez would be appropriate? Or Teddy Cruz’s Manufactured Sites essentially an armature for a favela?
But I like the Igloo suggestion as well. Breaking it down, igloos seem to share a few traits with favelas: the act consciously making something that meets a basic set of requirements with the material(s) that are readily available. But, despite its appeal to minimalists everywhere, “igloo” isn’t an aesthetic. It’s a form derived out of necessity and practicality. So no answer completely satisfies me. Maybe I’m coming at this wrong though. And I definitely don’t know enough about igloos and favelas. So while I continue to think (a mix of Brutalism and Minimalism maybe? What if the Smithsons redesigned the Barcelona Pavilion?), I open the floor to commenters.
What is lo-fi architecture?
Oh, and as far as the above image goes, how about pairing it with My Bloody Valentine’s To Here Knows When: