An augmented HTML 5 version of Rem Koolhaas’ Junkspace essay from Junkspace. REM KOOLHAAS. Logan Airport: A World-Class Upgrade for the Twenty-first Century. -Late-Twentieth Century Billboard. Rabbit is the new beef. OMA founder Rem Koolhaas, the seer of Rotterdam, made just one contribution to the Harvard Guide: an essay called Junkspace. In about.

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Through Junkspace, entertainment organizes koolaas regimes of ultimate exclusion and concentration: Hacking called it “extreme nominalism”, well, that’s hacking’s perspective. In this way a Manifesto is an expression, a stark rendering of some of the rules that can be built upon a particular theory. JunkSignature TM is the new architecture: The cosmetic is the new cosmic Through junkspaceentertainment organizes hermetic regimes of ultimate exclusion and concentration Actually, there is junkpsace, even not in his own writings.

In previous building, materiality was based on a final state that could only be modified at the expense of partial destruction. If architecture means the creation of meaningful buildings and spaces, junkspace would be those buildings and spaces that contain no architectural qualities – or human for that matter.

Junkspace can be high-design, after all The combined pollution of all Third World cars, motorbikes, trucks, buses, sweatshopspales into insignificance compared to the heat generated by junkspace.

kunkspace Its specific configuration is as furtuitous as the geometry of a snow flake. I wish I was as entertaining as Rem. Like multiple Babelshuge superstructures would last through eternity, teeming with impermanent infill that would mutate over time, beyond their control.


Laughable emptiness infuses the respectful distance or tentative embrace that starchitects maintain in the presence of the past, authentic or not.

Monasteries inflated to the scale of department stores: On popular demand, organized beauty has become warm, humanist, inclusivist, arbitrary, poetic and unthreatening: More and more, more is more. Mailing List Subscribe to our mailing list and get the latest news from Garage.

Rem Koolhaas. Junkspace

We will have conquered place. The shiniest surfaces in the history of mankind reflect humanity at its most casual. Because of its tenuous viability, junkspace has to swallow more and more program to survive; soon, we will be able to do anything anywhere.

Not canned laughter, but canned euphoria The subject is stripped of privacy in return for access to a credit nirvana. Are there any other published versions of “Junkspace”?

Just as junkspace is unstable, its actual ownership is forever being passed on in parallel disloyalty. Outside, the architects’ footbridge is rocked to the breaking point by a stampede of enthusiastic pedestrians; the designers’ initial audacity now awaits the engineer’s application of dampers.

Junkspace is space as vacation ; there once was a relationship between leisure and work, a biblical dictate that divided our weeks, organized public life.

The global spread of junkspace represents a final Manifest Destiny: Frankly, I don’t really care whether Foucault was a PoMo or not. In theory, each megastructure would spawn its own sub-systems, and therefore create a universe of rampant cohesion. Jul 13, 10 6: It more much much more than just obvious that it is a quality, despite intelligent, masterful, skillful individual efforts in building. A big part of the problem is that architects have little to no grounding in philosophical thinking.


But formlessness is still form, the formless also a typology It is flamboyant yet unmemorable, like a screensaver ; its refusal to freeze insures instant amnesia.

Rem Koolhaas. Junkspace

Each junkspace is connected, sooner or later, to bodily functions: TV studio sets – garishly monumental – are both the culmination and the end of perspectival space as we’ve known it: You are complicit in the tracing koolhas the fingerprints each of your transactions leaves; they know everything about you, except who you are.

Because we lost our ability to appreciate, experience and therefore design space. Then junkspace spreads, consuming nature like a forest fire in LA First, it escapes from its containers – linguistic orchids that needed hothouse protection emerging with surprising robustness – then the outdoors itself is converted: Their tenant junkspae tends to be short: