Eugene Ray SDSU 1970's

Eugene Ray SDSU 1970's
Eugene Ray 1970's. photo credit: Tom Davis

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

RADIANT ARCHITECTURE / to new orleans

+PROFESSOR MATTHEW HIGGINS+
>of sdsu has invited me, upon our return from<
>new orleans to be a guest in his class that i<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>>/ ENVIRON THEORY"+
>wrote and taught for a quarter of a century<
>and i am touched by that kind invitation<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+"DEATH OF ORTHODOXY"+
>is the title professor higgins has given to<
>the session that i will be the guest and he<
+(GOOGLE :> EUGENE RAY / +
+RADIANT ARCHITECTURE)+
>refers of the challenge to the very famed<
>international style so popular in the 50s<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

+MY>LOUISIANA< WORK WAS+
+BORN IN THAT VERY VITAL+
>(international style possessed<
>affordable, healthy light but<
>its problem was in >boxes)<
+BREAK FROM ORTHODOXY+
+THAT WAS HEAVY & DARK+
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 
                                     
 >a key to radiant architecture can be seen in the<
>photo plates at the bottom of our last exhibition<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+SYNERGETIC ENVIRONS)+
>of sdsu student work in which biotronic energy<
>is seen out of my class ref to synergetic design<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

>my california villas challenged the orthodoxy<
>of the international style by breaking away<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+/ BIOTRONIC ENERGY)+
>from boxes & incorporating energy design<
>both in solar heating & biotronic radiance<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>it was a pleasure to lecture on, exhibit & publish<
>my work in biotronic design in many countries<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+> / REYNER BANHAM)+
>and i am happy that the great scholar reyner<
>banam and his wife mary liked this work<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >something i shared with my archigram friends<
>from london was an effort to create a radiant<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+PICTORS RESTAURANT)+
>urban scape by incorporating super graphic<
>signage as i personally painted in this case<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


 >in 1980 i completed the silver ship studio home<
>for my family & myself aided by five devoted<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>>>>/ SILVER SHIP)+
>students from my sdsu classes….from this has<
>emerged the advanced biotronic design effort<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

 >a wide range of radiant architecture has<
>challenged the orthodoxy of the boxes<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>/ CALIFORNIA VILLAS)+
>so common in the international style<
>& provided a vital energy dimension<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >synchronistically, the first structure i designed<
>in california was this concept for an art and<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+. / GEODESIC DOME)+
>architecture building that incorporated the<
>major biotronic dome circular master plan<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

 >the final phase of this blog on radiant architecture<
>relates to the decade of the 1990s when biotronic<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+> LONDON LECTURES)+
>design oriented to spherical & conical concepts<
>was my major focus & exhibitions world wide<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+ORTHODOXY+
>in relation to the international style was partially<
>correct,... certainly as the structures i built in<
+GOOGLE :>> EUGENE RAY /+
+POST & BEAM STRUCTURE+
>louisiana were affordable & healthier with<
>much glass providing more ambient light<
 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+GOOGLE :>> EUGENE RAY /+
+CALIFORNIA BUNGALOW+
>to find that lajolla's california bungalows<
>were prototypes for more natural light<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+CONICAL & SPHERICAL VOLUME+
>PROVIDING BIOTRONIC ENERGY+
>(radiant architecture tapped<
>into nature's bio-radiance)<
+WAS MY MAJOR CONTRIBUTION+
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
eugene ray, mfa, architect
professor emeritus, sdsu



Monday, October 20, 2014

THE BIG PICTURE / nine chains to the moon

+THE LOS ANGELES TIMES+
>had a huge article in the "arts & books" section by<
>architectural critic, christopher hawthorne on the<
+("ITS BY DESIGN"; "A FRANK+
+GEHRY RETROSPECTIVE IN+
+PARIS SKIRTS IMPORTANT+
+ISSUES IN ARCHITECTURE")+
>famed L.A. architect, frank gehry, entitled<
>"it's by design" in sunday's large paper<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 
+THE BIG PICTURE+
>my message to christopher hawthorne has been<
>for some time that the big picture in architecture<
+(GOOGLE :>> EUGENE RAY /+
+RADIANT ARCHITECTURE)+
>is far more dynamic then the frank gehry type<
>structure as much as i like an arts perspective<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+NINE CHAINS TO THE MOON+
>buckminster fuller's famous book reminds<
>us that cosmic consciousness and nature<
+(COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS+
+A BASIS FOR BIOTRONICS)+
>are our best guide in architectural design<
>my life in design based on this vision<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

 >as i have suggested on many occasions wun<
>chok bong's profound book "gods machines"<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+"THE GOD'S MACHINES")+
>is a major, excellent guide to architecture of<
>historical cosmic conscious biotronic vision<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

>"apple" commissioned famed british architect<
>norman foster to design campus 2 now under<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>/ CIRCULAR DESIGN)+
>construction in cupertino california at a cost<
>of approx $5 billion that is on the right track<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

>wednesday we leave for new orleans with<
>much love for our french creole history &<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>>/ HENRI ROUSSEAU)+
>family in louisiana and france which this<
>blog has done its best to cover in detail<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

>the smuggling operation of jean lafitte and<
>his blacksmith brother w/ the aid of jean<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+> / BARATARIA BASE)+
>baptiste de gruy's wooden ox carts from<
>the lafitte barataria base shall be a focus<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >i have done my best to reveal the fascinating<
>history of jean baptiste de gray's ancestor<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+/ KING FRANCOIS 1ST)+
>count michael de gruyere and his cousin<
>king francois 1with the great da vinci<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>the poignant remains of the boudousqui-bouligny<
>plantation in researve louisiana shall be our first<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>> / STENAY FOREST)+
>focus to photograph with knowledge of this<
>family's extremely important french history<
>(w/ gratitude to tommy & chris mcintosh)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

 >i recommend a visit to the bookshops of<
>russell desmond and carey beckham in<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>> / FIRST CRUSADE)+
>the nola vieux carre to invest in this<
>high quality history of the bouligny<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >marianne and i shall stay at the "place d'armes"<
>hotel in the vieux carre on october 26-28 and<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+PLACE D'ARMES HOTEL)+
>look forward to visiting mary lynn hyde &<
>many of you friends in the week before w/<
>barataria safari< aided by tommy & chris<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+THE HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS+
+COLLECTION SHALL BE OUR+
>(gratitude to john lawrence<
>daniel hammer & assoc.)<
+FOCUS ON FRIDAY OCT. 24th+
+FROM  2PM IN AFTERNOON+
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
eugene ray, mfa, architect
professor emeritus, sdsu


Sunday, October 19, 2014

PILGRIMS TO NEW ORLEANS

+SAFARI TO THE BARATARIA+
>mary lynn hyde, tommy & chris macintosh<
>anne maurin, marianne & i shall saturday<
>cross the mississippi to the de gruy land<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+JEAN BAPTISTE de GRUY++
>at the mississippi river head of barataria<
>highway south to famed lafitte village<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

+JEAN BAPTISTE de GRUY+
>the middle of the three sons of the original<
>de gruy french military officer who came<
+GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>/ DOME SUGAR MILL+
>to new orleans in early spring of 1739<
>became famous as a jungle architect<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+PREFAB HOUSES & OX CARTS+
>were also a production of his vast energy<
>the houses for canary island immigrants<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>>> / JEAN LAFITTE)+
>the ox carts for his friend jean lafitte the<
>privateer to smuggle his goods to nola<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >jean baptiste de gruy risking life & limb about<
>1795 cleared the banks of bayou barataria w/<
+(GOOGLE :> EUGENE RAY /+
+ de GRUY PLANTATIONS)+
>its thick palmetto & reed jungle & thousands<
>of alligators, planting indigo & 1st sugar cane<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >the history of the de gruy(ere) reads lik fiction<
>/the most profound was their link w/ leonardo<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>> / KNIGHTS TEMPLAR)+
>and their link to st bernard knights templar w/<
>the shroud of turin in the orient forest primary<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >our new orleans arcadian bookshop friend<
>russell desmond has provided many vital<
+(GOOGLE EUGENE RAY+
+/ RUSSELL DESMOND)+
>books of louisiana architecture & history<
>and we look forward to seeing him soon<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >we are particularly interested in french creole<
>barataria architectural history and believe the<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+INDIAN MOUND HOUSE)+
>de gruy indian mound house at crown point<
>looked exactly like this house in mandeville<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >on october 28th at 12 noon we shall gather<
>in covington for a birthday lunch for our<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>/ NEAL PENDLETON)+
>dear friend, lorraine pendleton seen here<
>w/ husband, cousin neal seen on left<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>(we look forward to seeing cousin nikki<
>barranger & other covington friends<
+(SOUTHERN HOTEL+
+/ FRIENDS LUNCH)+
>hoping they will attend the lunch<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >we miss the great new orleans historian<
>architect, samuel wilson, whose books<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>> / SAMUEL WILSON)+
>like mary lou christovich and betsy<
>swanson have been vital to study<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >bayou "dos gris" (de gruy) in the lands of<
>lafitte the pirate, south of new orleans mark<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>>> / JEAN LAFITTE)+
>the linkage of jean baptiste de gruy w/ the<
>famed privateer's smuggling operations<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >magnolia mound plantation at baton rouge is<
>a star of my youth… / owned by armond du<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>>> / PRINCE MURAT)+
>plantier lafayette's aide de camp who bought<
>foucher nola plantation for him as a u.s. gift<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >friend and alum philip matzigkeit likes this<
>collage of me at the gate of gruyere castle<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>> / PARIS BIENNALE)+
>on our 1st pilgrimage back about 1986<
>when the french honored my oeuvre<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

 >it was at the university of nancy france near<
>ray sur saone,  where the biotronic radiance<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+> /NANCY UNIVERSITY)+
>of this prototype earned my invitation to join<
>the french architecture & energy committee<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^










Friday, October 17, 2014

RIVER ROAD GUMBO / safari to new orleans

+GRATITUDE+
>to tommy macintosch for emailing a photo of<
>the bouligny plantation house now located<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+> / BOULIGNY FAMILY)+
>on the river road at reserve near laplace la.<
>(please see this photograph tonight as #13<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+GRATITUDE+
>to mary lynn hyde for much preliminary<
>work to aid our new orleans safari that<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+> / BARATARIA JUNGLE)+
>leaves for new orleans next wednesday<
>& which we look to w/ much interest<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 
+GRATITUDE+
>to our friends at the >"historic new orleans<
>collection" who have opened their archive<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+JOHN LAWRENCE, (thnoc))+
>to me on several occasions of scholarly &<
>generous hospitality >i am very touched< !
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>it is profound that as we leave for new orleans<
>the two new mars orbiters are sending secret<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+> HOLOGRAPHIC VISION)+
>data we shall never see..but we must renember<
>"history" begins w/ yesterdays times picayune< ?
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>my design for "california 21" shopping center,<
>seen here, has morphed into "desert incidents"<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+> / DESERT INCIDENTS)+
>perhaps the most profound design i leave for<
>a research center & museum for ufo history<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 
>(note: this wonderful rendering of my design<
>was made by kotaro nakamura my former<
>e.d.student, now head of sdsu's art dept)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 
 >new orleans is like a time machine vision as<
>our cavaroc link to "sazarac" & "gin fizz" is<
+(GOOGLE :> EUGENE RAY /+
+ALCHEMICAL RADIANCE)+
>a >cultural history< factor but secondary to a<
>alchemical radiance lesson from the yucatan<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >it was in claiter's bookshop on third street in<
>downtown baton rouge that i found the 1st<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+/ BATON ROUGE BOY)+
>books for the reference library that makes<
>this nightly blog happen each silent night<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >on saturday morning oct 25th several of us<
>shall photo safari down into the barataria<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+INDIAN MOUND HOUSE)+
>looking for the jungle that has been killed<
>but finding exact degruy plantation locus<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>it is this kind of tropical house cultural treasure<
>we shall be finding especially ripe w/ voudou<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>> / VOUDOU DRUMS)+
>activity and the growth of mirliton vines and<
>sound of bongos in the deep creole evening<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >our old friend clarence john laughlin, master of<
>surrealistic photography loved voudou magic &<
+(GOOGLE :>>> EUGENE RAY / +
+CLARENCE JOHN LAUGHLIN)+
>i dedicate our safari to his memory  /  it would be<
>so good if john & tania could join us in NOLA<
>(i was able to introduce them to clarence,1968)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >as i have written many times john & tania<
>were my close friends in new orleans as i<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+JOHN & TANIA MESSINA)+
>designed a "radiant architecture" plus we<
>shared a love for the grass roots culture<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>note : john was my #1 student at l.s.u. &<
>is a talented architect & photographer w/<
>much credit to behold / see his new book<
+(GOOGLE :>>  JOHN MESSINA /+
+ARCHITECT-PHOTOGRAPHER)+
>"berens studio" and earlier books on the<
>vernacular new orleans corner grocery<
>plus excellent study of alamos, sonora<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>"ufo crash retrieval conference preceedings" (left)<
+(FIFTY YEARS LATER+
+/ E. RAY ARCHITECT)+
>page from ron eden's book on my graphics (right)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>"ufo crash retrieval conference proceedings" (left)<
+(FIFTY YEARS LATER+
+L.A./N.O.L.A. SAFARI)+
>page from ron edens book on my graphics (right)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>"ufo crash retrieval conference proceedings" (left)<
+(FIFTY YEARS LATER+
+/ BROTHER RANNY)+
>page from ron eden's book on my graphics (right)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >as we return to new orleans, perhaps for the last<
>time, who knows, i think of those who have left<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+/ RON EDEN, FRIEND)+
>this earth. like my earliest friend ron eden who<
>published this book / four pages seen above<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>looking forward to our arrival in new orleans<
>and seeing many good friends like tommy<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>> / PRIORY DE SION)+
>macintosh who tracked down and made<
>this poignant bouligny plantation photo<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+BOULIGNY FAMILY HISTORY+
+READS LIKE EGYPT'S MAGIC+
>(gruy st. bernard orient link<
>to nostradamus in >stenay<
>forest of st. king dagobert<
>w/ merovingian-r.l.c. link)<
+POWERFUL & COSMOLOGIC+
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>note: marianne & i leave for a funeral<
>in los ángeles we shall return sunday,<
+WE LEAVE FOR NOLA, WEDS+
+(SHALL BE PLACE D'ARMES+
+HOTEL /  >OCT 26-28, 2014)+
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
eugene ray, mfa, architect
professor emeritus, sdsu