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Archis 2004 #4: Without Mercy

August, 2004

First there was modernity, the desire to be free of the chains of tradition. Then there was post-modernity: the understanding that even emancipation cannot be based on a particular tradition of thought or morality. In the meantime, modernisation continues on relentlessly. Isn’t there a better word for it? ‘Murdernity’ perhaps?


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Archis 2004 #4

Wars of the Cities

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The following text is an extract from the full article published in the #4 2004 Archis magazine.   On the one hand, in the West and advanced capitalist cities, there is a growing awareness that even the most basic urban event or malfunction – the wheel falling off a subway train, a subway driver with […]

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Archis 2004 #4

Anti-architecture

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As I drive around the parking lot in my rental car one Saturday morning in March, I am already spotting the early birds, busily handling their overflowing shopping carts and Sports Utility Vehicles. Since I haven’t come to shop here but to study the Wal*Mart phenomenon, I attract the attention of a security guard who […]

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Archis 2004 #4

Modernity at large

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The following text is an extract from the full article published in #4 2004 Archis magazine.   Open, flexible, inevitable   A remarkable process has been taking place in recent years in large parts of Asia whereby, within a short space of time, cities develop from regional hubs into transnational centres. The scale and the […]

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Archis 2004 #4

Archis is without mercy

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As an architect, you do not count unless you are capable of formulating an underlying motive. Essential is the premiss of some or other secret agenda, a purposeful intervention to alleviate a certain deficiency, chaos or reprehensible situation. You rarely hear of an architect being satisfied with a simple statement that he was merely doing […]

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Archis 2004 #4

Star Style, or the evolution of the coffee table (editorial)

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Whatever the person in question does, there will be a new Gehry, a new Madonna, a new Tartt and a new Tarantino. A hype is launched, detached from all rational assessment; and suddenly the world press is bulging with specials, there are signing sessions and talk shows, and the Queen pays a visit. That is […]

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