Because we abhor the utilitarian, we have condemned ourselves to a life-long immersion in the arbitrary LAX: welcoming - possibly flesh-eating - orchids at the check-in counter If space-junk is the human debris that litters the universe, junk-space is the residue mankind leaves on the planet. The built more about that later product of modernization is not modern architecture but Junkspace. Junkspace is what remains after modernization has run its course or, more precisely, what coagulates while modernization is in progress, its fallout. Modernization had a rational program: to share the blessings of science, universally.
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Junkspace can be high-design, after all RK aims to have the architect participate in all aspects of the cultural and technical production of infrastructure - a great goal, if you and your clients are up to the challenge RK goes to great lengths saying that junkspace is not this space - but mostly includes what we commonly refer to as "throw-away architecture" although he expands it beyond individual buildings - i.
We used to joke that it was there to teach us how not to do things in architecture. Personally I think he submitted that design as a joke, but it serves its purpose of being an advertising tool. It more much much more than just obvious that it is a quality, despite intelligent, masterful, skillful individual efforts in building.
Right to the beginning he says ir: Junkspace is a meltdown of modernization and modernity. As such it is a label for the unintended effect of architecture: vanishing any condition for the possibility of discernability, unfortunately as the final point attractor.
The rest of his articles is providing examples over examples, consequences, historical traces that could be read as precursors. Koolhaas shows us that modernism and postmodernism has to be finished. He is an ex-static ex-modern. He also shows us that architecture is urgently in need of theory. Actually, there is none, even not in his own writings. Heterotopia is not a theory either.
It is just 1 single concept that could be used as an ingredient for a theory. Take a look to David Shane "Recombinant urbanism"! The new theory must include story-telling on a new level, non-representative. Everything else will contribute to the Golden Calf holy shit?
Jul 16, 12 am curtkram The new theory must include story-telling on a new level, non-representative. I should write a manifesto one of these days. I wish I was as entertaining as Rem. Oh well, I try. Calfs in this case Pamplona or Sinai would be more suitable sites than an keyboard , future end of history? Without theory there is no building, even if nobody would explicate any theory.
It is inevitable. This being a direct consequence of the "paradox of rule-following" as described by Wittgenstein Or do you mean just "modernism" guess by means of reverse replacement. Then I would seriously reject your attempt. Simply that. Jul 16, 12 am RH-Arch Are you asking if a manifesto is factual? Its just his basis for theory.
I hesitate to accept the reasonability of manifestos as basis for a theory whatsoever. Kind of declaration, no arguments. Of course, it depends a bit on how theory is understood. History of architecture is surely not a theory of architecture, not even an element of it. Corbusiers modulor is not a theory either, it was a model. Abstractness alone is not sufficient to call a writing "theory". And a model is most often something very different than an architectural model.
But model itself is a proliferating concept. A theory provides the condition for building models. These models need not be commensurable at all, since they are different instances, different constructions. A theory connects the work of modeling to the rest of the Form of Life Wittgenstein , the rest of the culture, if you like.
In this way a Manifesto is an expression, a stark rendering of some of the rules that can be built upon a particular theory. So far, I did not see any theory in architecture.
Most of Architecture is still in a stage which could be called "phenomenological", a philosophical, theoretical attitude that has been rejected long ago, on many different reasons. Koolhaas seems the first having recognized this. Jul 16, 12 am gwharton Junkspace is anything designed by Rem Koolhaas.
It was a scathing critique at the time it was first published, but now 16 years later, it can only be seen as a prophecy. A siren call fully actualized. Koolhaas was far ahead of his time when he wrote this in What should have been a wake up call has merely languished.
Rem Koolhaas. Junkspace
Rem Koolhaas Junkspace Because we abhor the utilitarian, we have condemned ourselves to a life-long immersion in arbitrariness The average contemporary lunch box is a microcosm of junkspace: a fervent semantics of health - slabs of eggplant, topped by thick layers of goat cheese - cancelled by a colossal cookie at the bottom Polarities have become equatorial, nothing left in between. There is nothing between desolation and turmoil, between beauty and crassness. LAX: welcoming - possibly flesh-eating - orchids at the check-in counter If space-junk is the human debris that litters the universe, junk-space is the residue mankind leaves on the planet.
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