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Archis 2001 #6

Image implosion

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When the World Trade Center was inaugurated in the dark and decadent 1970s, Ada Louise Huxtable slated Minoru Yamasaki’s overripe and formally almost heretical International Style as ‘General Motors Gothic’, a kind of relic from the days when New York was still the city of superlatives. When New York went bankrupt in 1976, the twin […]

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Archis 2001 #6

On September 11, for Archis

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It made most things seem trivial. It demanded the highest reach of sympathy and imagination, just when we needed denial and ignorance. We were mesmerized by the sublime spectacle – and ashamed, sickened, by our stimulation and fascination. For some while, perhaps some very long while, we will and should be unusually subdued, loving, careful, […]

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Archis 2001 #6

The Ground Zero of Fear

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We live in a world that is completely defined by fear. We are afraid of others, of what we don’t know, of our bodies, of the state, of nature. We erect defensive mechanisms against what we fear. Architecture is an appropriate tool to keep fear at bay. We erect the walls, floors and roofs that […]

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Archis 2001 #6

Thinking, Watching, Making

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The role of magazines, specialist publishers and exhibitions, the relations between the media and architecture, architecture as a means of communication, and consequently the space, function, duties and objectives of criticism: these are all questions that can be debated endlessly, raising many problems that pertain to very different spheres. What caused, from this perspective, the […]

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Archis 2001 #6

Reporting on the Glass Park

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After the ideological and territorial clashes of the century past, this is neither a Huntington-style conflict of cultures, nor a Pearl Harbor of impeccable geostrategic legibility, nor an unexpected Challenger or a haphazard Chernobyl illustrating the vulnerability of technological reason. What the blurred, anonymous, and lethal terrorism of Manhattan’s Black Tuesday reveals is the derailment […]

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Archis 2001 #6

Architecture in a nebulous war

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On one side there is us: the global community, technology, capital, the military-industrial complex, civilization. On the other side, a man in a cave. He wears a beard, a caftan and a turban. Against the wall is a Kalashnikov. The man is alone with his microphone. He doesn’t look exactly frightened.   We know that […]

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