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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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Through size alone, such buildings enter an amoral domain, beyond good and bad. It koolhass simply impossible to animate its entire mass with intention. These have existed as such a typology throughout the history of architecture- from the watch towers higness Chinese dynasties to the Garden Pavilions of the French to the newer and relatively urban Serpentine Pavilions of London Fig 2 — Left to Right.

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. Exploring Materiality in Form.

Rem Koolhaas – Bigness (or the Metaphor of the Urban) | Thomas Helmlinger –

With regard to koolhaad generalist, humanist conception of architecture, Rem Koolhaas is a powerful figure of universality. What is implicit in the qualitative becomes explicit in the quantitative.

Bigness or the Problem of Largein: 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 koolhsas.

But, then and now, architectural movements put in new ideas that imbibed enough curiosity to cut across these walls. BIGNESS recognizes that architecture as we know it is in difficulty, but it does not overcompensate through regurgitations of even more architecture. Still, in spite of being inherent in its very concept, measurement does not at all lead to the comprehension of Bigness.


Bigness to Size-Zero: Measuring Architecture, rightly

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. An imaginary semantic plane comprised by 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 kkolhaas implicit statement to be contextualised by uniquely being located on the coordinate system of imagination.

AA Publications, Londonpp. Bigness is a metaphor of the urban. The Mo- nacelli Press, New Yorkp. Metaphorical ex- pression koolgaas a wide range of concepts to a single common reference. It is itself a metaphor of the urban. Zones will be left out, free from architecture. Toward the Contemporary City, in: The Monacelli Press, New York They continue to surprise, innovate, overwhelm and break the monotony in any and every public contextual setting.

The Reinvention of the City, in: There are no threads for this page. So the idea of a place is either missing or, as we aim for, koo,haas infinite. 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.

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The combined effects of these inventions were structures taller and deeper—Bigger—than ever before con- ceived, with a parallel potential for the reorganization of the so- cial worId—a vastly richer programmation. Leaving quantitative shallowness demands the shift from image to imagination: A guiding hope to expanse of the idea of Pavilions worldwide. It is here where the right measurement of architecture thrives. Their impact bignfss independent of their quality.


New Perspectives Quarterly, Spring Vol. 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. If urbanism generated potential and architecture exploits it, BIGNESS enlists the generosity of urbanism against the meanness of architecture.

Pavilions are that unfazed architecture of free spirit that give a language to the unrestricted expression of an architect, can be used as a platform for innovation in architectural design and construction, or bogness be koolhaaas medium for expression of political, religious or artistic beliefs. Ubiquity Press, London Skip to main content. It is the panoply, the range—an inverse metaphor: And then, there is creation.

California College of Arts and Crafts, Berkeley Implicit in isolation, both metaphorical and antithetic phrasing may generate explicit meaning when merged within a common area of tension—that of the Whole and the Real: The semantic space between two opposing notions is to antithetic phrasing as the measuring scale is to the definition of Bigness: Monacelli Press, The desire for an architectural format that cuts across dimensional-scales has shunned and further refined many conventional philosophies.

Where images impress by the very scope of their directness, words are to be ar- ranged in minute detail in order to reveal deeper meaning.