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Archis 2001 #3

High expectations

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The stadium, glimpsed fleetingly from the train, came into full view as we entered the plaza. It appeared incoherent as if it did not know what it wanted to be. The structure was rather disjointed and lacked continuity and clarity of form. It was positioned awkwardly and not well integrated with the surrounding buildings.   […]

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Archis 2001 #3

When the blue of the sky falls on the roof

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It was entitled ‘Champ de Bataille’ and combined a cemetery with social housing. It was possibly too strictly and directly linked to Bataille’s Le bleu du ciel. That was the first book I had ever read by the French writer; I had found it in a Paris bookshop and devoured it in a transvestite bar […]

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Archis 2001 #3

Three tales of ordinary Italian perversion

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Overwhelmed by the far-reaching European wave of new architecture from Holland, London or even Portugal, Italians too want to be young and up-to-date, fresh as in the pages of Wall Paper or in ‘blob’ architecture, to pretend for a moment that the structural backwardness that separates us from the rest of Europe has suddenly been […]

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Archis 2001 #3

Masoch and the Greek city

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The Greek eyed me fiercely, like a tiger; his muscles swelled as he drew back his arm and the whip whistled through the air… And he began to whip me so mercilessly and with such dreadful force that I started at such blow[s] and began to shake all over with pain; the tears streamed down […]

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Archis 2001 #3

Back to Nature

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Not content with using raw, unprocessed materials and vernacular building techniques, Fujimori has intentionally infested their exterior surfaces with plant life. The result is shaggy and bristling, humorous and grotesque, uncanny and vaguely obscene – and at times surreally beautiful. Although nature is often used as a metaphor for generating architectural form (zoomorphic structures, exfoliated […]

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Archis 2001 #3

Admission reserved. Perversion in the built environment

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Not a bit of it: perverts have perverted this ideal if you like to the point where it can be said that ‘Apartheid is dead. Long live separate development!’. The credo now is ‘admission reserved’. Some affluent groups in particular are creating a make-believe, perverse world where they are completely divorced from the real African […]

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Archis 2001 #3

Dirty Details

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The civil practice of social democracy, especially the Dutch ‘polder model’, idolizes blissful, prosperous mediocrity. People preach a humanism that is neither able nor allowed to go beyond nurturing and domesticating. ‘The humanist gets hold of the person and subjects him to his taming, training, educating regime – convinced as he is of the necessary […]

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Archis 2001 #3

Perverted architecture

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Hate and humour, distaste and consideration, aggression and mildness; the string of opposites to be discovered in methodology or results is diverse. After all, it requires quite a bit of violence to break free from the dogmas of modernism. There is still no good term for design inspired by negative impulses. The closest approximation is […]

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Archis 2001 #3

Perverse architecture

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This is, after all, a discipline bound by the constraints of gravity, profitability and identification. Architecture, unlike art and literature, cannot go underground. How then can something that comes into being in such a rational straightjacket of right-mindedness be perverse? Perhaps only in the sense of being designed in a perverse age. It is not […]

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