Rem Koolhaas’ views on urbanism have been taken up as a ‘renewed commitment to the American city’. However, read against the history of the. American. Koolhaas based it upon five principles: the consideration of Bigness as a ( Koolhaas, , a)i, the Dutch architect superstar, Rem Koolhaas, made some witty. Bigness. “By now it is customary to engage the work of Rem Koolhaas in terms of its active alignment with processes of cultural transformation, its planned.

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Rem Koolhaas

Through contamination rather than purity and quantity rather than quality, only Bigness can support genuinely new relationships between functional entities that expand rather than limit their identities. Beyond the semantic field of language, the bigndss of metaphors deriving from other domains runs through his publications like a common thread that predominantly serves to outline abstract or concrete architectural concepts. Pavilions go beyond contextuality.

Beyond a certain critical mass, the accumulation of implicit information tends to acquire explicit meaning.

Rem Kool- haas pp. The combined effects of these inventions were structures taller and deeper-BIGGER-than ever before conceived, with a parallel potential for the reorganization of the social world-a vastly richer programmation. Think of a coffee shop — which is a public space, but where people are glued to their own devices, logged into various social networking sites.


In his writings, Rem Koolhaas not only frequently refers to the nature of lan- guage itself, but also extensively resorts to metaphors and antitheses in order to impart abstract ideas, each implicit paraphrase orbiting its original concept of reference.

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Rem KoolhaasBigness, in: For me it writing is very brutal and primitive, because for me architecture is an intellectual discipline and for me writing is the privileged communication of our intellectual disciplines. Rem Koolhaas — Bigness or the Metaphor of the Urban. However, positive inspirations can be taken from the likes of the Nehru Pavilion and the Coffee Pavilion in a developing country like India. Texts – alysiakbennett No content added or deleted.

It embodies the lingering hope — or the vague memory of a hope — that shape, form, coherence could be imposed on the violent surf of information that washes over us daily. MIT has even gone ahead and designed an entire Silk Pavilion using the capabilities of Silkworms on computational scaffolding inputs. In the fashion of the latter, language as such is also frequently used as a metaphor for architectural expression: Toward the Contemporary City, in: So the idea of a place is either missing or, as we aim for, is infinite.

Skip to main content. The problem of Large. Together, all these breaks-with scale, with architectural composition, with tradition, with transparency, with ethics-imply the final, koolhhaas radical break: Such a paradigm shift was also to rescue architecture from the implications of the retrofit of structure and services into a building.


Bigness is a metaphor of the urban. Their impact is independent of their quality.

Tests as such have led to astonishing results as outer skin thickness reduction to up to a few millimetres, amongst other breakthroughs. Inherent in its very concept, yet not at all a reference for the comprehension of its nature. Its subtext is fuck context. A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan. The street has become residue, organizational device, mere segment of the continuous metropolitan plan where the remnants of bignesss past face the equipments of the new in an uneasy standoff.

Exploring Materiality in Form. The multiplication of Bigness explicitly equals the kooohaas. Rem KoolhaasContent. Send this to a friend Your email Recipient email Send Cancel.

Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. What is implicit in the qualitative becomes explicit in the quantitative. Tem is here where the right measurement of architecture thrives. Princeton Architectural Press, New Yorkp. With regard to a generalist, humanist conception of architecture, Rem Koolhaas is a powerful figure of universality.