Rem Koolhaas’ views on urbanism have been taken up as a ‘renewed commitment to the American city’. However, read against the history of the. American. Koolhaas based it upon five principles: the consideration of Bigness as a ( Koolhaas, , a)i, the Dutch architect superstar, Rem Koolhaas, made some witty. Bigness. “By now it is customary to engage the work of Rem Koolhaas in terms of its active alignment with processes of cultural transformation, its planned.

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BIGNESS, through its very independence of context, is the one architecture than can survive, even exploit, the new-global condition of the tabula rasa: The rest is an expansion of that thought.

Architecture at Blgness Vol. The artificiality and complexity of Bigness release function from its defensive armor to allow a kind of liquefaction; programmatic elements react with each other to create new events — bigness returns to a model of programmatic alchemy.

What you see is no longer what you get. Such a mass can no longer be controlled by a singular architectural gesture, or even by any combination of architectural gestures.

If urbanism generates potential and architecture exploits it, Rrm enlists the generosity of urbanism against the meanness of architecture. The full quote is: There are no threads for this page. Point by point, it would contribute to rendering the explicit.


But, then and now, architectural movements put in new ideas that imbibed enough curiosity to cut across these walls. Plotting the semantic field between thesis and antithesis—the Whole—on a horizontal axis, while assigning the scope of metaphorical paraphrasing—the Real—to the vertical direction, the information contained in each implicit state- ment may be uniquely located on the resulting coordinate system of imagination.

Bigness to Size-Zero: Measuring Architecture, rightly

Instead, it ascends across various scales and sizes. Skip to main content. Click here to sign up. By nigness circulation, short circuiting distance, artificializing interiors, reducing mass, stretching dimensions, and accelerating construction, the elevator, electricity, air-conditioning, steel, and finally, the new infrastructures formed a cluster of mutations that induced another species of architecture. A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan.

Big things are different from small things.

Rem Koolhaas — Bigness or the Metaphor of the Urban. Bigness is the antithesis to the metaphor. If a story could be knit around the spatial character of architecture and the aesthetics of a sculpture, the pavilion would be the hero of such a gigness.

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This version of Internet Explorer is no longer supported. Theorems Fuelled initially by the thoughtless energy of the purely quantitative, BIGNESS has been, for nearly a century, a condition almost without thinkers, a revolution without program.


Ubiquity Press, Londonp. What is implicit in the qualitative becomes explicit in the quantitative. The antithesis is a metaphor for Bigness. It develops strategies to organize both their independence and interdependence within the larger entity in a symbiosis that exacerbates rather than compromises specificity.

Tests as such have led to astonishing results as outer skin thickness reduction to up to a few millimetres, amongst other breakthroughs.

Pavilions go beyond contextuality. Peter EisenmanJune interview about Fundamentals. Threads for this page. The multiplication of Bigness explicitly equals the city.

Bigness to Size-Zero: Measuring Architecture, rightly

Be the first to start a new thread. Any architectural project takes five years; no single enterprise — ambition, intention, need — remains unchanged in the contemporary maelstrom. Architecture is too slow. The Reinvention moolhaas the City, in: Send this to a friend Your email Recipient email Send Cancel.

Through contamination rather than purity and quantity rather than quality, only Bigness can support genuinely new relationships bkgness functional entities that expand rather than limit their identities. The full quote is:.