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An augmented HTML 5 version of Rem Koolhaas’ Junkspace essay from 3 Jun OMA founder Rem Koolhaas, the seer of Rotterdam, made just one contribution to the Harvard Guide: an essay called Junkspace. In about. Junkspace can be high-design, after all I think Rem was identifying an opportunity for architects to work with these spaces that conventional.

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There is nothing between desolation and turmoil, between beauty and crassness. Pretending histories left and right, its contents are dynamic yet stable, recycled or multiplied as in cloning: Mankind, torn by eternal dilemmas, the impasse of seemingly endless debates, has launched a new language that straddles unbridgable divides like a fragile pedestrian designer’s footbridge Its demonstrative earnestness drives whole civilizations in the welcoming arms of camp and kitsch.

Oh well, I try. As a first step, rsm substance to be preserved is wrapped in a thick pack of commerce and catering – like a reluctant skier pushed downhill by responsible minders. While whole junksspace worked in favor of permanenceaxialitiesrelationships and proportionthe program of junkspace is escalation.

Although its individual parts are the outcome rwm brilliant inventions, lucidly planned by human intelligence, boosted by infinite computation, their sum spells the end of Enlightenmentits resurrection as farce, a low-grade purgatory Each man, woman and child is individually targeted, tracked, split off from the rest. Say an airport needs more space. To each rivulet its own Calatrava. There is no progress; like a crab on LSDculture wobbles endlessly sideways Conceptually, each monitor, each TV screen is a substitute for a window ; real life is inside, cyberspace has become the great outdoors How does your set of conditioning beliefs look like?


Junkspace heals, or at least that is the assumption of many hospitals. You may not call them that, but nearly everyone else does.

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Then junkspace spreads, consuming nature like a forest fire in LA A stringent dress code – last spasm of etiquette? In previous building, materiality was based on a final state that could only be modified at the expense of partial destruction. There is zero loyalty – and zero tolerance – toward configurationno ‘original’ condition, architecture as has turned into a time-lapse sequence to reveal a ‘permanent evolution’ Look in your own house or apartment. Jul 17, 12 4: The Golden Rrm shit is holy.

So it’s the holy bullshit that must be the core of future architectural theory.

Because of its tenuous viability, junkspace has to swallow ,oolhaas and more program to survive; soon, we will be able to do anything anywhere.

The cosmetic is the new cosmic. Regurgitation is the new creativity; instead of creation, we honor, cherish and embrace manipulation Large spiders in the humongous conversion offer DT for the masses They never understand the historicity implied by emergence.

He also shows us that architecture is urgently in need of theory. For culture, ‘engraved donor bricks’; for everything else: Often heroic in size, planned with the last adrenaline of modernism’s grand inspiration, we have made them too human; life or death koolhaa are taken in spaces that are junkspcae friendly, littered by fading bouquets, empty coffee cups and yesterday’s papers.

Architects thought of junkspace first and named it Megastructurethe final solution to transcend their huge impasse. In these three essays, the famous architect Rem Koolhaas presents a critique of contemporary urbanism and city building. Only a perverse modernist choreography can explain the twists and turns, ascents and descentssudden reversals that comprise the typical path from check-in misleading name to apron of the average contemporary airport.


Color and matter are eliminated from these bloodless grafts: Unable to find my original copy, I Googled this text: This is what I got out of that: A big part of the problem is that architects have little to no grounding in philosophical thinking.

koolhaas’ Junkspace

Junkspace is the body-double of spacea territory of impaired vision, limited expectation, reduced earnestness. Junkspace is there although no one specifically designed it, yet it might not be there so much if designers weren’t so koolaas on designing everything[? Actually, there is none, even not in his own writings.

What is Junkspace and why do we need to know about it? Yet, and perhaps here we agree, these areas brought certain “thinking techniques”, tools for the mind, so to speak, and these could be applied everywhere, even for a salesman.

Like a substance that could have condensed in any other form, junkspace is a domain of feigned, simulated order, a kingdom of morphing. The new theory must include koolhaas on a new level, non-representative.

Of course, junks;ace depends a bit on how theory is understood. Jul 13, 10 4: And a model is most often something very different than an architectural model. Only the blind, reading its faultlines with their fingertips, will ever understand junkspace ‘s histories The global spread of junkspace represents a final Manifest Destiny: There are other key traits K. On popular demand, organized beauty has become warm, humanist, inclusivist, arbitrary, poetic and unthreatening: