Steen, AP, Gold's heaviness and malleability, Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 33, Gold, 06-09 July 2016, Melbourne, pp. 648-656. ISBN 9780734052650 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]
Assemblage 13, December, 1990, includes Ann Bergrenís "Goldís Gym in Venice, Ca." In this text, Bergren, Associate
Professor of Classics at the University of California and architectural theory teacher at Southern California Institute
of Architecture, submits one eccentric work of architecture to a feminist poststructuralist reading. "Goldís Gym in
Venice, Ca." exercises richness and poorness, excess and lack, beauty and grotesqueness, drugs, myth, and religion.
It actively challenges architectureís practices of interpretation, definition, and ability to deal with difference. It is a
complex, non-linear, and experimental text, highly articulated yet unambiguously heavy. Assemblage 15, August,
1991, includes Rob Millerís "A Punchlist for ĎGoldís Gymí: The Echoing of a Dumbbell." In this text, Miller, practising
architect and teacher at Clemson University and Georgia Institute of Technology, directly responds to "Goldís Gym in
Venice Ca." He enacts a so-called "re:assemblage" of "Goldís Gym in Venice, Ca." In so doing, he responds to the
challenges that text presents architecture and architects of the type that Miller self-ascribes. This paper will examine
Millerís article in relation to Bergrenís and Millerís re:assemblage in relation to Bergrenís assemblage. It will interrogate
Millerís attempts to use conceptual apparatuses formed by Umberto Eco, most centrally the open work, to refigure
Bergrenís text. As such, the paper will trace an attempt at discursive remoulding. It will critique one architectural history
textís attempt to control reading and writing of another text, and itself. In conclusion, the paper will reinforce the value
of heavy, reflective, and reflexive texts for architectural discourse and disciplinary intellection.