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Archis 2003 #4

Radical reuse

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When alternative residential areas like Drop City (California, in the late 1960s) began producing their own food and using refuse from the production-consumption cycle as construction material for self-built shelters, they were putting into practice an alternative to the much-despised consumer society. Since then, the more radical forms of reuse have been tainted with a […]

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Archis 2003 #4

Utopia. On the utility of public space

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All people have the same possessions, everybody is usefully employed and the tasks are taken in turns. Everyone thus has the same activities, develops in the same way and is paid the same wage for their efforts. The year is 2003. On a vast site to the northeast of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, bordering the River Maas and […]

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Archis 2003 #4

Heritage preservation at 120 kph

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The impression of the Netherlands gained from this mobile viewpoint is undergoing change. The more traffic corridors are lined by buildings and noise screens, the stronger the feeling of overcrowding and alienation. This gives rise to the paradoxical situation in which automobility produces simultaneous feelings of freedom and claustrophobia. The motorway and the landscape: friend […]

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Archis 2003 #4

A true end of history

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2003. A year in which Jews, Moslems, Christians, Hindus and atheists, all with their own historical calendar, are fighting one another in a singular Now that appears to be the same for everyone but which in fact revolves around the question of whose history shall be called universal and whose history shall be regarded as […]

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Archis 2003 #4

Architecture as a lie (editorial)

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In a totally mass-mediated world, it is much more interesting to broach the scandalous reverse of such issues and in particular to pursue the lie with which someone has tried to gain an advantage. The media are constantly helping people to spread lies only to turn around and unmask them as liars. A veritable perpetuum […]

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