Phi Kappa Phi Forum

The quarterly journal of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Each issue treats a single theme and field, providing a forum for discussion of social and scientific issues in a variety of fields of interest. Authors include scholars, experts from the privat

Articles from Vol. 83, No. 3, Summer

98.5 Percent Pure Chimp
On April 13, 2003, the human genome project succeeded in providing an index for the atlas called the human genome, which comprises all the genetic material in each human cell. The project is the largest biology study in history. Having indexed this...
A Note from the Editor
IN THIS ISSUE I am the first to admit that my knowledge of architecture is practically nil. As long as my house has sufficient room, does not leak, and is something that I can afford, I am largely satisfied. It is not that I am a complete Philistine;...
Building on Principles
While beginnings offer an enticing fresh start, they also offer the opportunity for reflection. Beginning anew after spending some time in thoughtful introspection will produce an outcome very different from charging ahead with no regard given to past...
Character of and in American Architecture
Most people--users, that is, as opposed to designers and critics--seldom think of architecture as anything more than a mute utilitarian container. Yet architecture, whether or not we take it in consciously, is nonverbal communication. Architecture...
Innovations in Architectural Technology
More so than other professions, the discipline of Architecture struggles with the relative importance of deriving its processes of design and construction from imitations of its past, conventions of the present, or the invention of its future. Most...
Sambo Mockbee (1944-2001) and the Rural Studio
PRE:TEXT Daniel Kemmis, former mayor of Missoula, Montana, in his book Community and the Politics of Place, describes a beautiful analogy put forward by Hannah Arendt in her book The Human Condition. To live together in the world means that...
The Art of Cultural Studies
The emerging field of cultural studies has provided a new lens through which to view and think about the arts and culture. Since its beginnings in the 1960s in England at the University of Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, the field...
The Other Tradition American Architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis I. Kahn
What is the American tradition in architecture? Judging from what may be seen in the vast majority of suburban residential developments, office parks, or university campuses, the "traditional" American architecture that we have inherited exhibits a...
The Sea Ranch: Dwellings in Place
Forty years ago, Oceanic Properties Inc. began development of a beautiful ten-mile stretch of the Northern California Coast to be named "The Sea Ranch." They called on a team of consultants, led by Lawrence Halprin, to prepare a bold plan that would...
Unexpected Confessions
Mary is sitting across from me in my office, explaining to me why her assignments from last week are late. Her abusive ex-husband has been threatening her, and last week she had to obtain a restraining order against him. By the time she finishes her...
Wal-Mart and Price Discrimination
Wall-Mart is currently the largest retailer in the world. With more than 4,500 stores, Wal-Mart generated $240 billion in sales, which accounted for a little less than 2.5 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product in 2002 (Bureau of Economic Analysis,...
When Practice Leads Theory
"The theoretical considerations set out below are based on many years of practical experience on building sites. Theory demands concise formulation. The following points in no way relate to aesthetic fantasies or a striving for fashionable effects,...