My Calculator

My old calculator recently showed up in a Dept. of Architecture hallway exhibit of faculty “accessories”:

Here’s the text: “I’m interested in the relationship between technology and design. Increasingly, I’ve become more and more convinced that design practice and pedagogy, abstracted from contemporary technological paradigms, are complicit in an ongoing epidemic of nonstructural building failure. The calculator, which I purchased around 1988 when I first started teaching at Cornell, counters the never-ending circus of architectural expression with an attention to the real forces that impinge upon such heroic fantasies.”

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