Archis 2004 #1: Shrink

February, 2004

People can’t stand shrinkage. Our thoughts and bodies have been focused on growth, expansion, renewal, innovation. But shrinkage is no longer deniable and seen as an overpowering reality. Shrinkage becomes a cramp. Unless one can find a new perspective in it.

Archis 2004 #1

Kunsthaus Graz. The convention of an alien object

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Graz seized its nomination as the 2003 cultural capital of Europe in order to realize buildings planned long ago. Two large events halls, a house for literature, a children’s museum and a floating theatre next to the new Kunsthaus serve as architectural attractions designed to give the city a new impetus.   The Kunsthaus Graz […]

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Archis 2004 #1

Exposure Time. Two media art installations.

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Both were night-time, outdoor public spectacles, both used digital data as the raw material and artificial light as the expressive medium, and both partially relinquished artistic control to computer randomization. In each case, invisible aspects of the digital realm were made visible, rendered in light at scales and speeds available to human perception. Immanent global […]

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Archis 2004 #1

Shrinking cities

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Welcome to Liverpool/Manchester, the fastest growing city in the world.(1) Manchester and Liverpool, linked and strengthened by the Manchester-Liverpool Canal, reached their industrial prime in the 19th century. Today they are marked by the decades-long process of deindustrialisation and migration. Both cities have nowadays only half as many residents as in the 1930s. But their […]

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Archis 2004 #1

Shrink, cramp, narrow-mindedness

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We cannot state it more succinctly. This is the sequence that generally determines the cultural agenda. It starts with the assessment that the end of growth is in sight, that there are signs of recession or retrogression; then, peoples’ minds start filling with fear as the rhetoric of doom spreads, until, finally, sweeping measures are […]

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Archis 2004 #1

Why architecture (editorial)

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Architecture and its cultural context have never been taken note of. There always remained the search for the cultural significance of architecture, for its potential to act as a cultural medium that serves a greater purpose than its own continued existence. Het Katholiek Bouwblad, Goed Wonen, Wonen/TABK, and finally Archis wanted architecture to mean something. […]

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