Article: Ellen Dunham-Jones on Koolhaas

Here is an interesting article by Ellen Dunham-Jones to follow up on our conversations regarding Koolhaas’  visions and narratives of the contemporary city:  http://places.designobserver.com/feature/rem-koolhaas-irrational-exuberance/37767/

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Readings on a territorial scale

Please post comments for the readings of April 8th – Boeri and Cosgrove – here before the morning of April 7th.

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“Rire jaune” with Koolhaas

“La Ville Générique a éliminé le caractère des lieux ainsi que la substance de l’urbanité traditionnelle en réduisant l’espace public et la rue à de simples illusions de ville, elle devient ainsi un ‘lieu de sensations faibles et distendues, d’émotions rares et espacées” **

From the reading of “JUNKSPACE”: this is a representation of R.Koolhass ideas made by a copy/paste of a few thoughts of his…

endless building – bubble structure – containers – Bermuda Triangle of concepts – petri dish – Jacuzzi with millions of your best friends – fuzzy empire of blur – vicious parody of ambitions – quartered the way a carcass is torn apart – superblocks – unmemorable – dress code: sandals and parka – neon – structures emerge like springs from the mattress – authorless world – forms search for function like hermit crabs looking for a vacant shell – …

** Commentaire repris du “Journal de l’Architecte” (parution Mardi, 22 Février 2011)

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Comments for March 18th readings

Koolhaas leads us through the city holding a very personal light. He is a citizen observer and yet a practitioner. All three texts are polluted by the very mundane details of architecture practice; gypsum wall boards, steel stud connections, HVAC ducts route. But Hell is made out of details. He knows, he has obviously been to Hell. This dual personality of his allows him to lift a veil on the urban experience of the everyday citizens.

Do you need the architectural eye to observe the decay of space? I guess to us it is a constant sty but for most citizens, it is just a recurrent but punctual conjunctivitis. Older generations often complain about the cities decline but it is mostly in nostalgic terms. Cheap décor is the plague. Gyproc condos. Although Koolhaas’ ”Notes to architects” in Junkspace reminds me that a lot of architects are part of it, almost embracing it.

(Koolhaas’ metaphors are sometimes delicious. Postmodernism bashing is a ton of fun to read.)

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The Generic City

Please post your comments  on Koolhaas’ texts – The Generic City,  Atlanta and Junkspace – here by the morning of the 17th.

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This notion of « terrain vague » is interesting for me in a way that it is closely linked to my previous subject of investigation on the ABC-MTL exhibition. As showed in my analysis, those empty spaces, are a major point of importance in the inhabitant’s lifes. It a focal point of meeting for shared public activities and therefore, become improvised public spaces that have a major role to play in the community building process.

In the text “Transurbance”, I specially enjoyed the metaphorical representation of those interruptions and unbuilted zones that the author does, firstly using the image of an « archipelago of islands in an open sea » and further on, making reference to « a sort of leopard-skin with empty spots inside the constructed city and full spots in the  middle of the country side».

We can clearly observe these sporadic « voids » in Mama Rosa movie. Indeed, most of the movie take part in an undefined historical area in the middle of the built settlements which somehow become a strong case study for the representation of the dwellers everyday lifes.

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This notion of « terrain vague » is interesting for me in a way that it is closely linked to my previous subject of investigation on the ABC-MTL exhibition. As showed in my analysis, those empty spaces, are a major point of importance in the inhabitant’s lifes. It a focal point of meeting for shared public activities and therefore, become improvised public spaces that have a major role to play in the community building process.

In “Transurbance”, I  specially enjoyed the metaphorical representation of those interruptions and unbuilted zone that Carreri does, firstly using the image of an « archipelago of islands in an open sea » and further on, making reference to « a sort of leopard-skin with empty spots inside the constructed city and full spots in the  middle of the country side».

We can clearly observe these sporadic « voids » in Mama Rosa movie. Indeed, most of the movie take part in an undefined historical area in the middle of the built settlements which somehow become a strong case study for the representation of the dwellers everyday lifes.

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