Concerning Contemporary, March 2021

“The Seashore Library exemplifies the solitary pop, a renewed architectural repertoire that registers the dated painterly fantasy of escapism and architecture’s bleak obsession with phenomenology into the recent mediatic reality measured by clicks, likes, and shares. More than an accidental oxymoron, the solitary pop lurks inside the impulse of contemporary architecture that is predicated on the exacerbating unease and anxiety of the static discipline in the ever-liquefied neoliberal world. The solitary pop would soon realize its proliferation, as our phenomenal space would be exponentially flooded by the swirls of data, algorithms, and finance, subjugating the long-fetishized here and now of architecture to the attention economy of influence.”