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/chapter: Communication-Bottom-Up-And-The-Fall-Of-Neoliberal-Architectural-Heroes / The importance of the way stories are being told.
"“The horizontal, non hierarchical distribution of information has displaced the commercial architectural interest, the shine of the bubbletecture, the functioning of the professional practice. Ultimately, the architectural heroes of the hierarchical neoliberal order are falling. Who wants to be Rem Koolhaas anymore?”"
bottomstories  bubbletecture  neoliberalism  hierarchy  2012  starchitects  urtzigrau  cristinagoberna  architecture  from delicious
august 2012 by robertogreco
The architecture meltdown -
"Those who remain in the profession find design work scarce and are teaching, lecturing, entering competitions and moving into Hollywood production design. These gigs have always been part of the field, which revels in its synthesis of theory and practice, but the balance has shifted in a way that leads to architects doing less and less architecture…

It’s part of a professional ethos, he says, that stresses idealism, dues paying, hierarchy, optimism and a heroic self-image while ignoring financial realities. It’s something he’s become intimately familiar with as he tries to chronicle the damage the recession has exacted on the field. “I’m trying to talk to architects about the economy,” Horton says. “Forget it! It’s hard to get real information. They’re so conscious of P.R. – they’re worried about what’s going to get tweeted.”

The current uncertainty makes the old model – poverty in youth, payday sometime in middle age – harder to count on…"
coolhaus  sciarc  richardmeier  starchitects  frankgehry  remkoolhaas  renzopiano  zahahadid  2012  careers  architecture  barbarabestor  ericowenmoss  from delicious
february 2012 by robertogreco
"We might call this park a proto- or supra-urban landscape, in that its experience evokes the qualities we would want a city to have, foremost among them the ingredients of our personally selected self-invention. It is very much a people’s park, not because it caters to the lowest common denominators of expectations, but playfully challenges people to make of it what they can, each in their own way.

This project reminds us that there was once a Rem Koolhaas quite different from the corporate starchitect we see today. His work in the 70s and early 80s was radical and innovative, but did not get built. Often he didn’t seem to care—it was the ideas that mattered. However, his scheme for the Parc de la Villette begs to have been built and we can only regret that it never was."
architecture  history  france  radicals  remkoolhaas  oma  1970s  1980s  bravery  notcaring  competition  lebbeuswoods  bernardtschumi  parcdelalavillette  brashness  cv  corporatism  starchitects  meaning  sellingout  francoismitterand  grandsprojets  1984  from delicious
april 2011 by robertogreco
On Restructuring |
"Is there an easy solution to this? No. We have wasted the mad money of the last two decades on starchitecture and jet skis instead of a physical and social infrastructure that would allow us to deal with the realities of the city. It's going to be a long process of rebuilding and, given the bad politics of both parties (albeit especially the Republicans), the odds are against us."
kazysvarnelis  crisis  change  bubbles  starchitects  infrastructure  us  economics  politics  policy  2009 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Richard Sennett on Brittle and Open Cities |
"Starchitecture was the ultimate manifestation of the brittle city he describes. In breaking the rules formally, it produced the impression that cities were places of freedom when in fact they were getting more and more tightly controlled, more exclusive and more homogeneous. Who cares about a building by Herzog and de Meuron in Manhattan when you can't get a decent slice of pizza in most places anymore? Which is more valuable to a city, a Nouvel apartment building that testifies to the diversity of form or diversity of ethnicities and classes? " pdf here:
cities  diversity  starchitects  richardsennett  kazysvarnelis  opencities 
march 2009 by robertogreco
In Defense of Architecture (Fiction) |
"Instead of being Utopian or imaginative, might it be possible for architecture to shape our experiences in such ways as to approximate the effects of films or fiction? Or better yet, video games? Please don't take this to mean that architects need to copy Doom or Quake (they've tried that already). But rather, could architecture fiction be something that re-shapes our subjectivity?" ... "if architects are such experts at shaping space, who is to say they always need to work with the building trades? The Eameses made furniture and films. If they were around today, I think they'd be out in the city, finding ways to shape the environment through existing forms of locative media." ... "Instead of writing novels on a cell phone, why shouldn't we be reading the city on our cell phones?"
kazysvarnelis  architecture  history  writing  theory  narrative  us  starchitects  archigram  builtenvironment  eames  cities  literature 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Designer Cities: The Development Of the Superstar Urban Plan -
"We are seeing an emergence of a new industry...It's not real-estate development; it's not architecture; it's not city planning. All I can do is name it 'the city-building industry.'"
cities  design  urban  urbanism  starchitects  architecture  construction  planning  trends  development  industry  capitalism 
july 2008 by robertogreco
When Buildings Stopped Making Sense -
"a thoughtful argument against the excesses of "designer" architects and urban-planning utopians." "Pei's pyramid at the Louvre...was a deliberate act of cultural vandalism"
books  design  architecture  failure  frankgehry  controversy  impei  franklloydwright  lecorbusier  daniellibeskind  starchitects  risk 
november 2007 by robertogreco

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