‘Bigness’ in context: some regressive tendencies in Rem. Koolhaas’ urban theory. Jorge Otero-Pailos. Rem Koolhaas’ views on urbanism have been taken up. 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. PDF | The paper tries to take a critical look at the concept of Bigness as defined by Koolhaas, its relation to architectural scale and the impact it produces in the.

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The street has become residue, organizational device, mere segment of the continuous metropolitan plan where the remnants of the past face the equipments of the new in an uneasy standoff. Bigness and the Problem of Large []. The resulting vagueness of superabundant information assumes its most distinct shape within the domain of the visual: Such a mass can no longer be controlled by a singular architectural gesture, koolhqas even by any combination of architectural gestures.

Peter Eisenman, Rem Koolhaas: Such a setting is ibgness than liberating in itself. MIT has even gone ahead and designed an entire Silk Pavilion using the capabilities of Silkworms on computational scaffolding inputs. By randomizing circulation, short-circuiting distance, artificializing interiors, reducing mass, stretching di- mensions, and accelerating construction, the elevator, electric- ity, koolhas, steel, and finally, the new infrastructures formed bigness cluster of mutations that induced another species of architecture.

Beyond the semantic field of language, the use of metaphors deriving from other domains runs through his publications like a common thread that predominantly serves to outline abstract or concrete architectural concepts.

October Magazine, Spring No. Ubiquity Press, London Much like in an overexposed photograph, excessive stimulus leads the content of any potential message to converge to the binarity of everything and nothing—regardless of its initial definition or blur. But, then and now, architectural movements put in new ideas that imbibed enough curiosity to cut across these walls. The Reinvention of the City, in: Point by point, it would contribute to rendering the explicit.


Not only is BIGNESS incapable of establishing relationships with the classical city-alt most, it coexists- but in the quantity and complexity of the facilities it offers, it is itself urban.

Thus, architecture of one place can very much represent something that is on the other side on the Earth. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish.

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 bignses programmation. It is here where the right measurement of architecture thrives. However, positive inspirations can be taken from the likes of the Nehru Pavilion and the Coffee Pavilion in a developing country like India. They continue to surprise, innovate, overwhelm and break the monotony in any and every public contextual setting.

Together, all these breaks-with scale, with architectural composition, with tradition, with transparency, with ethics-imply the final, most radical break: What is implicit in the qualitative becomes explicit in the quantitative.

Bigness to Size-Zero: Measuring Architecture, rightly

Referring to an explicitly implicit concept, his essay Bigness or the Problem of Large contains an entire cloud of implicit characterisations: It can reassemble what it breaks. Pavilions are that unfazed architecture of free spirit that give a language to the unrestricted expression of an architect, can be used as a platform for innovation koolhhaas architectural design and construction, or even be a medium for expression of political, religious or artistic beliefs.

This version of Internet Explorer is no longer supported. As of now, implicit characterizations of Bigness oscil- late within a cluster of varied semantic fields—a pool of miscellaneous concepts: The Terrifying Beauty of the Twentieth Century, in: Conversations with Students, in: The public space, now, is liberated and free. What may be explic- itly expressed by the visual is rendered implicit in written language.


Issues of composition, scale, proportion, detail are now moot. The impossibility triggers the autonomy of its parts, which is different from fragmentation: Such a paradigm shift was also to rescue architecture from the implications of the retrofit of structure and services into a building.

In spite of its size, it is modest. Send this to a friend Your email Recipient email Send Cancel. The Mo- nacelli Press, New Yorkp.

Through size alone, such buildings enter an amoral domain, beyond good and bad. About Contact us Newsletter. Proceeding from To the Point, an introduction to the principal stylistic devic- es—metaphor and antithesis—employed in his written works, their key role in verbalising, and aligning with, the concept of Bigness will be examined in the same-titled, subsequent chapter.

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Even as BIGNESS enters the stratosphere of architectural ambition-the pure chill of megalomania, it can be achieved only at the price of giving up control, of transmogrification. Ubiquity Press, Londonp.

A pavilion cannot be compared in scale or in scope to regular architecture bigmess any scale. BIGNESS, through its very independence of context, is the one architecture than can survive, even exploit, the new-global condition of the tabula rasa: He has overcome the shift from image to imagination. Beyond a certain critical mass, a building becomes a BIG Building.

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