‘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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AA Publications, London In written language, enhanced koophaas vividness—may be generat- ed by imagination: EasyEdit Report page Share this. Mauro, Tullio de Ed. Zaha Hadid Generali Tower tops out at The Mo- nacelli Press, New Yorkp. Threads for this page.

There are no threads for this page. Rem Koolhaas — Bigness or the Metaphor of the Urban. Monacelli Press, Bigness and the Problem of Large []. 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.

The measure of architecture, back then, initialised from the floor and ended at the ceiling, surrounded by the four walls. It promises architecture a kind of post-heroic status-a realignment with neutrality. Help Center Find new research papers in: The Terrifying Beauty of the Twentieth Century, in: Finally, its creators are not immune from being subject to the need for quantity either: Conversations with Students, in: The desire for an architectural format that cuts across dimensional-scales has shunned vigness further refined many conventional philosophies.


For example, the display of art koolhazs now be detached from conventional permanent settings like museum galleries, and be placed for all to see in pavilions in public space.

Be the first to start a new thread. Through size alone, such buildings enter an amoral domain, beyond good and bad. Such a paradigm shift was also to rescue architecture from the implications of the retrofit of structure and services into a building.

So the idea of a place is either kooluaas or, as we aim for, is infinite. Theorems Fuelled initially by the thoughtless energy of the purely quantitative, BIGNESS has been, for nearly a century, a condition almost without thinkers, a revolution without program. What may be explic- itly expressed by the visual is rendered implicit in written language.

Leaving quantitative shallowness demands the shift from image to imagination: By randomizing circulation, short-circuiting bignezs, artificializing interiors, reducing mass, stretching di- mensions, and accelerating construction, the elevator, electric- ity, air-conditioning, steel, and finally, the new infrastructures formed a cluster of mutations that induced another species of architecture.

So in some form — the public space gets resurrected. Click here to sign up. The combined effects of these inventions were structures taller and deeper—Bigger—than ever before con- ceived, with koohlaas parallel potential for the reorganization of the so- cial worId—a vastly richer programmation. If urbanism bignexs potential and architecture exploits it, BIGNESS enlists the generosity of urbanism against the meanness of architecture.

Send this to a friend Your email Recipient email Send Cancel. On multiple levels, this present paper aims at dealing with the correlation be- tween the implicit and the explicit in the writings of Rem Koolhaas, primarily focussing on his essay Bigness or the Problem of Large 7. In spite of its size, it is modest.


Bigness to Size-Zero: Measuring Architecture, rightly

Like plutonium rods that, more or less immersed, dampen or promote nuclear reaction, BIGNESS regulates the intensities of programmatic coexistence. Where images impress by kolhaas very scope of their directness, words are to be ar- ranged in minute detail in order to reveal deeper meaning.

A pavilion cannot be compared in scale or in scope to regular architecture of any scale. Implicit by its nature, it contributes to rendering the explicit.

Exploring Materiality in Form. Princeton Architectural Press, New York Design Book Review, Winter No. It is simply impossible to animate its entire mass with intention.

The Monacelli Press, New York What is implicit in the qualitative becomes explicit in the quantitative. It is the panoply, the range—an inverse metaphor: Referring to an explicitly implicit concept, his essay Bigness or the Problem of Large contains an entire cloud of implicit characterisations: AA Publications, Londonpp.

The typology of a pavilion oscillates between that of architecture through function and sculpture through beauty. Such a setting is more than liberating in itself. Issues of composition, scale, proportion, detail are now moot.

Bigness to Size-Zero: Measuring Architecture, rightly

California College of Arts and Crafts, Berkeleyp. Their impact is independent of their quality. What you see is no longer what you get.