Archis 2004 #3: Vitality
No one, almost no one, is against life. This makes the stubborn persistence of predicability even more surprising, of cliches, of demoralisation, of tedium, of casualness, of weariness, of laziness, of repetition. But Archis is not willing to die.
In the last edition of 2003 Ole Bouman, prompted by the report in the IKC-RO Newsflash (the news bulletin of the Netherlands Institute of Spatial Planning and Housing), provided a provocative view of the current situation in spatial planning in the Netherlands, which raised the issue of the discrepancy between dream and fact.1 Fred Schoorl […]
Coincidence or not, this fact fits with the imagology of the city, as it has developed over the last half-millennium. The daily routine of medieval settlements – earthquakes, epidemics, famine, fires, riots, military invasions – kept working on the personality of Bucharest until the 19th century, coming back with a vengeance in more recent […]
As long as there is reflection about the nature of things, there will be two schools of thought. In one, people are adamant in their attempts to understand the world, to structure it, to contain it in a single theory, or to unravel a rational order. They want, as it were, to stand above things. […]
Take, for example, just the last century. The Beurs of Berlage, the Rietveld house, the Sanatorium Zonnestraal van Duiker. The reclaimed land from what used to be the Zuiderzee. The Delta works. The housing schemes for workers’ families. Also, more recently, the Netherlands has received international recognition for its architecture. A whole generation is now […]