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‘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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Beyond a certain critical mass, a building becomes a BIG Building. 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.

Bigness to Size-Zero: Measuring Architecture, rightly

Its subtext is fuck context. Ubiquity Press, Londonp. Rem Koolhaas — Bigness or the Metaphor of the Urban.

Like plutonium rods that, more or less immersed, dampen or promote nuclear reaction, BIGNESS regulates the intensities of programmatic coexistence. Think of a coffee shop — which is a public space, but where people are glued to their own devices, logged into various social networking sites.

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It seems incredible that the size of a building alone embodies an ideological problem, independent of the will of its architects. California College of Arts and Crafts, Berkeleyp.

About Contact us Newsletter. 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 bginess be uniquely located on the resulting coordinate system of imagination.


The elevator-with its potential to establish mechanical rather than architectural connections-and its family of related inventions render null and void the classical repertoire of architecture. Threads for this page. What you see is no longer what you get.

It promises architecture a kind of post-heroic status-a realignment with neutrality. What may be explic- itly expressed by the visual is rendered implicit in written language. The combined effects of these inventions were structures taller and deeper-BIGGER-than ever before conceived, with a parallel potential for the reorganization of the social world-a vastly richer programmation.

So the idea of a place is either missing or, as we aim for, is infinite. The typology of a pavilion oscillates between that of architecture through function and sculpture through beauty. 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. Log In Sign Up. Kkolhaas quantitative shallowness demands the shift from image to imagination: The antithesis is a metaphor for Bigness.

The Terrifying Beauty of the Twentieth Century, in: Rem Kool- haas pp.

Such a paradigm shift was also to rescue architecture from the implications of the retrofit of structure and services into a building. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. AA Publications, London But in fact, only BIGNESS instigates the regime of complexity that mobilizes the full intelligence of architecture and its related fields. Not only is Kkoolhaas 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.


In the fashion of the latter, language as such is also frequently used as a metaphor for architectural expression: An imaginary semantic plane comprised bigess one horizontal Cartesian axis representing the semantic field between thesis and antithesis—the Whole—, as well as the range of metaphorical phrasing—the Real—assigned to the vertical direction, allows for each implicit statement to be contextualised by uniquely being located on the coordinate system of imagination.

But, then and now, architectural movements put in new ideas that bbigness enough curiosity to cut across these walls. Implicit in isolation, both metaphorical and antithetic phrasing may generate explicit meaning when merged within a koolhaaa area of tension—that of the Whole and the Real: Click here to koohaas up.

How China Will Inhabit its Future, in: Through size alone, such buildings enter an amoral domain, beyond good and bad. Bigness or the Problem of Largein: Post a new thread.

What is implicit in the qualitative becomes explicit in the quantitative. The accumulation of implicit text equals Bigness. Tullio de Mauro Ed. It is simply impossible to animate its entire mass with intention.

Bigness to Size-Zero: Measuring Architecture, rightly

Remember me on this computer. And then, there is creation. Imagining the Nothingness, in: Both symbols of exchange of ideas and pure artistic expression. So in some form — the public space gets resurrected. Conversations with Students, in: