‘Bigness’ in context: some regressive tendencies in Rem. Koolhaas’ urban theory. Jorge Otero-Pailos. Rem Koolhaas’ views on urbanism have been taken up. 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. PDF | The paper tries to take a critical look at the concept of Bigness as defined by Koolhaas, its relation to architectural scale and the impact it produces in the.
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Remember me on this computer. There are no threads for this page. They continue to surprise, innovate, overwhelm and break the monotony in any and every public contextual setting.
In spite of its size, it is modest.
New Perspectives Quarterly, Fall Vol. Their impact is independent of their quality. In written language, enhanced visuality—explicit vividness—may be generat- ed by imagination: It can reassemble what it breaks.
For example, the display of art could now be detached from conventional permanent settings like museum galleries, and be placed for all to see in pavilions in public space. Metaphorical ex- pression links a wide range of concepts to a single common reference.
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Through contamination rather than purity and quantity rather than quality, only BIGNESS can support genuinely new relationships between functional entities that expand rather than limit their identities. And then, there is creation. The desire for an architectural format that cuts across dimensional-scales has shunned and further refined many conventional philosophies. The street has become residue, organizational device, mere segment of the continuous metropolitan plan where the remnants of the past face the equipments of the new in an uneasy standoff.
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Beyond the semantic field of language, the use of metaphors deriving from other domains runs through his publications like a common thread that predominantly serves to outline abstract or concrete architectural concepts. Zayed National Museum Norman Foster. AA Publications, London Be the first to start a new thread. Despite these striking parallels, one fundamental distinction voids the analo- gy between the scenario outlined in A Green Archipelago and the Problem of Large: Another fine example has been set by the 14th Venice Architecture Biennaledirected by Koolhaas himself, which witnessed 65 nations hoping on the pavilion-chariot.
So in some form — the public space gets resurrected. It is itself a metaphor of the urban. In the fashion of the latter, language as such is also frequently used as a metaphor for architectural expression: Like plutonium rods that, more or less immersed, dampen or promote nuclear reaction, BIGNESS regulates the intensities of programmatic coexistence. Together, all these breaks-with scale, with architectural composition, with tradition, with transparency, with ethics-imply the final, most radical break: Pavilions continue to be underestimated in their architectural standing in the public space.
Bigness to Size-Zero: Measuring Architecture, rightly
Only through BIGNESS can architecture dissociate itself from the exhausted ideological and artistic movements of modernism and formalism to regain its instrumentality as a vehicle of modernization.
Conviviality persists here too. Thus, architecture of one place can very much represent something that is kooolhaas the other side on the Earth. Issues of composition, scale, proportion, detail kookhaas now moot.
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 story.
So the idea of a place is either missing or, as we aim for, is infinite.
Bigness to Size-Zero: Measuring Architecture, rightly
How China Will Inhabit its Future, in: It is simply impossible to animate its entire mass with intention. Such a mass can no longer be controlled by a singular architectural gesture, or even by koohaas combination of architectural gestures.
Peter Eisenman, Rem Koolhaas: It is here where the right measurement of architecture thrives. Yet, Bigness is the reference for the range; it is both the unit and the scale, the point, the graph, and the plane.
Bigness is a metaphor of the urban. The denser the accumulation of autonomous architectural parts, the Bigger the building;65 the more extensive the flow of im- plicit information, the higher the definition of explicit meaning.
A large number of works in practice today are established at a scale, which, by virtue of its dimensions, can very well be categorized as Small or Medium Bigjess.
If urbanism generated potential and architecture exploits it, BIGNESS enlists the generosity of urbanism against the meanness of architecture. Bigness and the Problem of Large .
Princeton Architectural Press, New York This ioolhaas of Internet Explorer is no longer supported. Monacelli Press, Not only is BIGNESS incapable of establishing relationships with the classical city-alt most, it coexists- but in the quantity and complexity of the facilities it offers, it is itself urban.
BIGNESS, through its very independence of context, is the one architecture than can survive, even exploit, the new-global condition of the tabula rasa: