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Moreover, these have come into being because of properly examining the need and the refinement of solutions for those needs. Liners[ edit ] Using the formal simplicity born out of engineering necessities he saw in the gargantuan ocean liners of the day, Le Corbusier argued that modern people, practical men of action, had grown tired of the old aesthetics of luxury, and were concerned with new, powerful forms of beauty.
The new beauty merely had to be developed from honest construction, repeating his admonition from "Aesthetic of the Engineer, Architecture. Airplanes[ edit ] The gargantuan Farman Goliath , important in the development of air transit, features prominently in "Airplanes.
Only after the "question" of the need is properly proposed can a suitable solution be made. For example, most of the attempts to mimic nature to create flight resulted in disaster, because humans could not do what birds and bats do. Instead, Corbusier argues, it was only after the understanding of aeronautics and the properties of lift were crudely discovered that humans could achieve flight. The question was not, how can man copy flight, but rather what is the easiest way to achieve flight.
The airfoil is a product of artificial, rational, and industrial processes.
Further development of the original designs has refined the airplane to work better. Having established a problem, he then defines both "dwelling" and "room" in austere terms, sardonically referring to contemporary villas as buildings in which one stores furniture and living is incidental.
Instead he proposes five axioms as principles to begin design on. Firstly, chairs are for sitting on - the furnishings are purposeful. Electricity provides light. Windows are for lighting a room and looking out. When architectural projects are presented, the presentation refers only partly on the design concept aspect, focusing mainly on the process of design realization: research, relationship with customers and the way the office operates.
Projects are presented in a journalistic way by describing specific events in detail, making each presentation a reportage. Similarly to SMLXL, the goal of Content is to establish a context, to render an image about the world, partly formed by the professional experience of OMA, partly as an objective recording. This is the context in which architecture is produced, and the architect acts.
Significant events took place, but especially the booming of the East Asian economy and the emergence of China as global hyperpower focused the universal attention East. At the same time, humanity is experiencing the phenomenon of the World Wide Web. Undoubtedly, since the World Wide Web burgeoned to the point that the information overload created, has no precedent in the history of humankind.
OMA responds and adapts. Content presents as necessities a redefinition of architectural practice and a shift toward East. The success in the contest for the building of Chinese television China Central Television comes as a rewarding confirmation.
The attempt of the redefinition of the book as an architectural expressive medium, which emerged in SMLXL, here becomes explicit.
As a print medium, Content is undoubtedly controversial. It uses volatility as a license to be immediate, informal, blunt; it embraces instability as a new source of freedom [ In terms of physical characteristics this print medium has the dimensions and the volume of a book -magazines typically have a larger format and fewer pages- but it is made as a magazine — glossy thin paper and soft cover -.
Those characteristics make it easily corruptible and disposable, in comparison with a conventional book. This price along with the reputation of its author, make it highly attractive as a product -as most architectural publications, including SMLXL, are normally very expensive.
The image is clearly quantitatively dominant versus text; they are composed in all possible ways. Every theory, every point, every comment, are visualized to the maximum extent. The text-image relationship is too complex and is not subjected to a specific logic that runs throughout the book. The meaning is conveyed by a vast mesh of correlations between them and it is susceptible to multiple interpretations.
Understanding it requires a personal reading, the creative input of the reader; the connotations that may arise are endless. At some points the graphical language brings a lifestyle magazine to mind or a typical newspaper, advertisement, comic, website, graffiti hi-tech and low-tech Photos, graphics, diagrams, drawings, collages, maps, are combined in most cases in the most unconventional manner.
Essays, letters, manifestos, diary notes, discussion transcriptions, interviews and advertisements give and go. In some cases it is extremely scarce; once or two pages are devoted to a single photo or essay.
Elsewhere it is extremely dense -a single page could carry so many different media and such amount of information that the result looks like a blob.
In those cases the visual complexity is such that it creates the sensation of noise, requiring a careful examination of every square centimeter of the page in order to be understood or it is simply not intended to be understood but to be consumed as image. Those are all about the thrill of discovery and an almost pathological drive to communicate the greatest density of information in the most compelling way, even if it means pushing graphics to the point of OD.
Expressions such as "perverted architecture", "homicidal engineering", "paranoid technology", "big brother skyscrapers" that are scattered on the cover, imply only potential contents.
Slogans, provocative quotes, equivocal words neologisms , and puns; jokes and innuendos, complete the image of direct and informal. Shock and provocation are two basic communication strategies, but they are used in such a great extent that they are essentially becoming self-nullifying.
This is clearly a conscious choice; it is perhaps a comment on the apathy that the overload of information has caused the modern man. In a world where anything can happen and everything is known to everyone, what can shock us anymore?
There is also another aspect of the contrast between the book and the magazine. A book generally requires increased mental strain and time in order to be comprehended - since it is comprised mainly or even entirely from text and has greater scope and length. In contrast, a magazine, as a type of Press usually designated for mass consumption, requires limited strain -since it is comprised primarily from images and is limited in depth and length.
Content is made in such a manner as to accommodate the time and mental strain that the reader is willing to invest. While leafing through a conventional book, in a few minutes someone will understand almost nothing -besides perhaps the general theme-, a typical magazine e. Content has many layers. The classification of its message is such that someone who will simply skim through it, will be just kept interested 13 surface - magazine , while someone who will have the patience to peruse it will find burning issues addressed substance - book.
On first encounter the organization of the volume seems chaotic. The titles in the "contents" in most cases are not very informative. Material fetish, Box vs. After a more careful examination, one realizes two sections. The first part is introductory. The "book" opens with some controversial "advertisements" that hint some major issues raised by the book an ad for Prada, one for Gucci, one for the Federal State of Lagos and one for the Netherlands.
The most important element of this part is a diagram which depicts the regions around the world in which the OMA-AMO operates, being at the same time a graphic representation of the organization of the second and main part. On the pages preceding the main part, besides the standard page numbering, a second, reverse counting-number is present.
It is a kind of printed film leader, introducing thus a metaphorical film structure. The end of "film leader" marks the beginning of the film -in this case the main part of the book. On the right top of each page there is a corresponding logo. Technically speaking geographical proximity is relative. The linear organization of topics imposed by the book as a medium requires the existence of only one dimension; globe is spherical.
Therefore, the reader, after a point realizes that topics related to USA are at the beginning, to Europe and Africa in the middle more or less, and to Asia are practically at the end. This principle applies to the extent that the various topics have some sort of relation with a geographic region proposals or studies on specific parts of the world, interviews with politicians or other persons related to a geographical region, the place the author was when writing the text Therefore even if there is a geographical proximity there is rarely a conceptual one.
Thus, a linear access that is required for the comprehension of a typical book, in Content is pointless. There is no beginning, middle and end. Any overall conclusions made by the reader, will be completed as a puzzle regardless of the order the parts will be set. In order to return to a specific point of the book, someone really has to strain.
In comparison with other media, this is the typographical equivalent of changing channels on a thousand- channel satellite TV, or even better, to surf 14 the Internet by clicking hyperlink by hyperlink.
Besides, the sense of printed hyperlink is created by the fact that in order to adapt to the geographical order, some topics e. Some of the contents of the main part are: […] Content is a deliberately constructed paradox. Looks like a publishing prank. It is a hybrid of all types typography can carry. Reproduces the modern culture of globalization lack of identity, flatness and simultaneously criticizes and mocks it, thus undermining itself It raises important issues social, cultural, political - book - using a seemingly "shallow" visual language mass culture in a cheap and disposable version - magazine -.
It criticizes the architectural industry, -part of the wider culture industry- while being a part of it. High culture - mass culture, popular - elitist, timeless - expendable, criticism - acceptance, serious - funny, are some of the dipoles among which it dangles.
Any architectural project takes five years: no single enterprise -ambition, intention, need— remains unchanged in the contemporary maelstrom. Architecture is too slow. Yet, the word architecture is still pronounced with a certain reverence outside the profession.
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. Liberated from the obligation to construct, it can become a way of thinking about anything — a discipline that represents relationships, proportions, connections, effects. The diagram of everything. Up until then, Universal Studios headquarters was the largest building that OMA was called up to design; a project that the office was working on from to Finally, the project was never completed, — even though it entered the design development phase — due to a significant upset in the industry, which set other priorities for the company.
In Content, the presentation of the proposal is essentially used as a pretext for demonstrating the necessity of creating the AMO and thereby redefining the architectural practice and the object of architecture.
The building was no longer an issue of architecture, but the strategy. Buildings, were always acting as bridges connecting the world of the virtual with the word of matter, lending an aura of material reality to the virtual. This is especially standing today. Rem Koolhaas considers physical construction only a medium of architecture, and not always the most effective.
If architects design the built environment, they should get involved in the design of virtual environments too. Again, regarding the universal project Koolhaas writes: If we could not build a building for an organization that was in absolute state of flux, we could at least imagine a conceptual model of a structure that could, if not anticipate, at least accommodate almost any eventuality and actually exploit the given instability to define a new territory for architecture In the virtual age, architectural thinking was a resource that could be more generally applied in numerous situations, from pure research to website conception, independent of any investment in the physical.