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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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The typology of a pavilion oscillates between that of architecture through function and sculpture through beauty.

Toward the Contemporary City, in: Together, all these breaks-with scale, with architectural composition, with tradition, with transparency, with ethics-imply the final, most radical break: Threads for this page. In the fashion of koophaas latter, language as such is also frequently used as a metaphor for architectural expression: In spite of its size, it is modest.

Bigness to Size-Zero: Measuring Architecture, rightly

Proceeding from To the Point, an introduction to the principal stylistic devic- es—metaphor and antithesis—employed in his written works, their key role in verbalising, and aligning with, the concept of Bigness will be examined in the same-titled, subsequent chapter.

It seems incredible that the size of a building alone embodies an ideological problem, independent of the will of its architects. So the idea of a place is either missing or, as we aim for, is infinite.

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Where the metaphor is the incising tool of pointillistic rendering, the antithesis provides the surface. MIT has even gone ahead and designed an entire Silk Pavilion using the capabilities of Silkworms on computational scaffolding inputs. Imagining the Nothingness, in: Today, they are a harbinger to the statement of unrestricted access and freedom of expression.

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. Even as BIGNESS enters the stratosphere of architectural ambition-the pure chill of megalomania, it can be achieved only at the price of giving up control, of transmogrification. Tullio de Mauro Ed. If urbanism generated potential and architecture exploits it, BIGNESS enlists the generosity of urbanism against the meanness of architecture.

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California College of Arts and Crafts, Berkeley In his writings, Rem Koolhaas not only frequently refers to the nature of lan- guage itself, but also extensively resorts to metaphors and antitheses in order to impart abstract ideas, each implicit paraphrase orbiting its original concept of reference.

It is here where the right measurement of architecture thrives. 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.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Eventually, Plane will discuss in what way these very figures of implicitness are brought together in a single discourse—a metaphor for Bigness itself—in order to generate, to render, explicit meaning.

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Princeton Architectural Press, New Yorkp. Ubiquity Press, Londonp. Pavilions biigness beyond contextuality. By randomizing 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.

Thus, architecture of one place can very much represent something that is on koolhwas other side on the Earth. The antithesis is a metaphor for Bigness. Beyond a certain critical mass, the accumulation of implicit information tends to acquire explicit meaning. What you see is no longer what you get.

A guiding hope to expanse of the idea of Pavilions worldwide. AA Publications, Koohaaspp. But in fact, only BIGNESS instigates the regime of complexity that mobilizes the full intelligence of architecture and its related fields.

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It is apparent solely within the relative, it occurs beyond the measurable; still, it is itself the scalarity of urban expansion—the ruler for the transformation of architecture as a discipline: