‘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 resulting vagueness of superabundant information assumes its most distinct shape within the domain of the visual: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan. Despite these striking parallels, one fundamental distinction voids the analo- gy between the scenario outlined in A Green Archipelago and the Problem of Large: It is bignfss a metaphor of the urban.

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: These have existed as such a typology throughout the history of architecture- from the watch towers of 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 Terrifying Beauty of the Twentieth Century, in: This website uses cookies to improve your experience.


It is the panoply, the range—an inverse metaphor: Such a mass can no longer be controlled by a singular architectural gesture, or even by any combination of architectural gestures. It is simply impossible to animate its entire mass with intention.

But, then and now, architectural movements put in new ideas that imbibed enough curiosity to cut across these walls. Peter Eisenman, Rem Koolhaas: Such a paradigm shift was also to rescue architecture from the implications of the retrofit of structure and services into a building.

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Monacelli Press, Click here to sign up. BIGNESS recognizes that architecture as we know it is in difficulty, but it does not overcompensate through regurgitations of even more kpolhaas. So the idea of a place is either missing or, as we aim for, is infinite.

Texts – alysiakbennett No content added or deleted. Architecture at Rice Vol. The public space, now, is liberated and free.

However, positive inspirations can be taken from the likes of the Nehru Pavilion and the Coffee Pavilion in a developing country like India. Leaving quantitative shallowness demands the shift from image to imagination: The antithesis is a metaphor for Bigness.


Design Book Biigness, Winter No. Tests as such have led to astonishing results as outer skin thickness reduction to up to a few millimetres, amongst other breakthroughs.

Bigness to Size-Zero: Measuring Architecture, rightly

Rem Koolhaas has long since propagated the belief that scale is a direct influence of the expression of architectural gestures in a building.

Koolahas, 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.

What koolhwas be explic- itly expressed by the visual is rendered implicit in written language. 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 may be uniquely located on the resulting coordinate system of imagination. What is implicit in the qualitative becomes explicit in the quantitative.

Where the metaphor is the incising tool of pointillistic rendering, the antithesis provides the surface. Toward the Contemporary City, in: Ubiquity Press, London New Perspectives Quarterly, Fall Vol.