September 2011

An amazing article on “the Digital”. A lot of elucidating points and attitude. And I personally appreciate a comparison of the Internet with a real city. Definitely check out this piece of writing!

Virginia Heffernan – “The Digital Revolution”

Casa da Musica - Kerstin Enderlein, Germany

I WANT TO WALK THESE WALLS! (OMA. Casa da Musica. Porto, Portugal)

Architecture can mold and alter the human social conduct.

Leaving aside all the deep discussions on the Architecture’s ability to alter mind, describe culture, etc., which are all too much talked about, Architecture can make people act differently Spatially. Architecture can make people (want to) walk oblique surfaces, for example! Everyone likes crawling on rocks and walk up and down hills. Why not Architecture? All the oblique does not have to be reduced to stairs or ramps. C’mon, give us some adventure! All the codes and regulations left aside, how cool is it, to walk a sloping wall?!

Bird's eye view of Tokyo City

To understand and control the modern city like Mumbay or Tokyo (above), one needs to give up any hope of being able to “Design” or “Plan” a city. That time is over. A modern (mega) city needs to be controlled from a different level, one or two above the “Masterplan” approach, which has lost all relevance by now. The new level is the one of “programming”, scripting and making use of a “error”; letting the city generate itself with just some minor “pinches” from your side.

And this is how conventional “Urban Planning” dies…

“Living in the Endless City”