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BART LOOTSMA: ELECTRIFICATION TAKES COMMAND, on the 2014 Venice Biennale
Rem Koolhaas Biennale is a 'great exhibition' in the tradition of the legendary Swiss curator Harald Szeemann, in wich everything is tied to a central concept - in this case modernity. Koolhaas' concept of modernity is not a project, but an irreversible, globalizing, collective process affecting all aspects of society and thus the built-up environment. It reminds of Otto Neurath's legendary book Modern Man in the Making from 1939. The exhibition Absorbing Modernity deals with Modernism as inspired by the First Modernity. Monditalia shows the chaotic implications of the Second Modernity after the Second World War in Italy. And finally, Elements of Architecture hints at how, under the influence of the Internet of Things, the elements of buildings -wall, floor, ceiling, window, door, fireplace- evolve to develop primitive forms of intelligence. Here, Koolhaas puts himself self-consciously in the tradition of canonical architectural tractates, from Alberti to Giedion's Mechanization takes Command from 1948. Far from an operational critique, Koolhaas' tractate is presented as a universe of concrete fragments, a Utopia or Dystopia we have forgotten to formulate, think through and evaluate, a Fatal Strategy.

 

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Bart Lootsma: Carmelo Baglivo's Pirated Drawings
Together with Stefania Manna and Luca Galofaro, Carmelo Baglivo is one of the founding members of the internatinonally renowned Roman practice IaN+. Lately, he started posting collages and montages of contemporary architectural capriccio's on Facebook, thereby discovering new opportunities to provoke an architectural discourse. A selection of these Disegni Corsari (pirated drawings) is exhibited in the Fondazione Pastificio Cerere in Rome from November 12 to 22. Bart Lootsma, who has been following Carmelo Baglivo from the beginning, on the Internet replacing the street as the source of cultural renewal, the eternal city of Rome and the importance of planning the impossible. [more]
Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal in Conversation with Mathieu Wellner
"We feel it is our duty to start from scratch with each new project. That can also mean fundamentally questioning our own profession - and, with that, the way architecture is practiced. In this case, it seemed quite natural and the right thing to do." This is how Jean-Philipe Vassal from Lacaton & Vassal describes his everyday struggle as an architect. The interview with Mathieu Wellner was held in July 2012 in Paris and is published in the catalogue "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Architecture as Resource", the publication accompanying Germany’s contribution to the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2012. [more]
Bart Lootsma: Snøhetta's performative architecture
On the occasion of a special issue of l'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui, Bart Lootsma reflects on the specific quality of the Norvegian office Snøhetta. "Snøhetta's architecture largely relies on performative aspects. It is an architecture of events, that rather asks What it can do?, to paraphrase Jeffrey Kipnis, than what it's internal coherence should be. [more]
Bart Lootsma: Michael Wallraff, Beyond Pragmatism
On the occasion of the exhibition of Michael Wallraff, "Looking Up. Vertical Public Space" in the MAK in Vienna (05-10-2011 - 04-03-2012) Bart Lootsma critically reviews Wallraff's work and ideas. [more]
Bart Lootsma: Total Immersion
Bright lights in big cities have fascinated architects from the start. Erich Mendelsohn, for example, published several photographs of New York's Broadway in 'Amerika, Bilderbuch eines Architekten' in 1928. Cornelis van Eesteren used the same photograph in slide shows in the 1920s to convince his audiences that the functionals city was not necessarily boring. So, even if architects are control freaks and very aware what could define the content of what would be shown, it was exactly the wild, uncontrollable nature of the phenomenon that appealed to them. It could bring their buildings and cites alive. For that reason, today, architects, artists and media designers seem more excited than ever to rethink the opportunities media facades offer. [more]
Bart Lootsma: Tattoos and Strong Feelings at the 2010 Venice Biennial
ARCHITECTURALTHEORY.EU is present in the German pavillion at the 2010 Venice Biennale as part of the Sehnsucht project. In cooperation with Prof. Ruth Berktold of the Hochschule München, Mathieu Wellner is in charge of a workshop about '10 Strong Feelings in Architecture', the results of which will be presented on Thursday September 23. Bart Lootsma contributes to the exhibition of sketches. [more]
BART LOOTSMA: NEW FRONTIERS/SLEEPING BEAUTIES
'New Frontiers, Experimental Tendencies in Architecture' is an exhibition on emerging Austrian and Slovakian architecture, curated by Florian Medicus and Jan Bahna. It was first shown in Bratislava in March 2010 and will be hosted by ORTE in Vienna later this year. This text is a preface to the catalogue, a special issue of the Slovakian magazine 'Projekt'. The photograph shows the contribution by the Innsbruck collective Coumbosnext. [more]
Andreas Rumpfhuber: The Working Glamour
From Monday, 26th May until Sunday, 1st June 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono work publicly in bed. From there they are present in all of North America, are ON AIR. They give interviews via telephone, welcome guests from their bed and work in dense spatial conditions for their mission: Peace for the World. Timothy Leary and his wife Rosmary, Rabbi and peace activist Abraham Feinberg and others visit the two. The song Give Peace a Chance is recorded in the rearranged hotel room in which [more]
BART LOOTSMA: EQUIVOCAL ICON
The Competition Design for the Chicago Tribune Tower by Walter Gropius and Adolf Meyer

The design by Walter Gropius and Adolf Meyer for an office and administration building for the Chicago Tribune was executed in 1922. The context was an international competition announced by the Tribune on the occasion of the sixty-fifth jubilee. For decades already, European architects had drawn inspiration from developments in the United States, and the competition represented an initial opportunity to come to terms with the specifically American task of designing a skyscraper. [more]
A Conversation between Toyo Ito and Bart Lootsma
Without a doubt Toyo  Ito is one of the most remarkable and influential architects from the last decades. Houses like ‘White U’ for his sister, in the nineteen seventies, were silent universes in themselves. In the nineteen eighties, Ito’s work celebrated nomadic life and the mediatisation of our world with light and open constructions, like his own house ‘Silver Hut’ and the ‘Tower of Winds’, one of the first buildings almost solely consisting of an interactive media installation. As a theoretician and curator, he regularly expressed his ideas in writings, installations and exhibitions. The mediatheque in Sendai, realized between 1997 and 2000, became a turning point in his work, which ever since goes through stunning transformations, largely enabled through intensive collaborations with the most innovative structural engineers. These lead to adventurous projects like the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House in Taiwan. More important than that, Ito has been calling for a new relationship between architecture and the natural environment beyond modernism. [more]
RENE DAALDER: SPACECOLLECTIVE
Rene Daalder is a Dutch writer and director. He lives in Los Angeles. Originally a protege of Russ Meyer, Rene Daalder has worked with [more]
Bart Lootsma: Analogue Landscape
The work of Bas Princen and Milica Topalovic
In the course of only a few years, Bas Princen and Milica Topalovic have compiled, both jointly and individually, as well as in cooperation with others, a complex and rich oeuvre which encompasses such different disciplines as photography, videos, art, design, architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture and theory. As a consequence, the issues they have dealt with are just as heterogeneous. From the outset, both had a fascination with understanding dynamic and heterogeneous spatial activities and processes (what Henri Lefebvre called “lived space”). [more]
Bart Lootsma: Bas Princen, Of Other Spaces, (re)vis(it)ed
A summary of the places appearing in Bas Princen's photographs has an effect which is strange and a little disturbing: a) muddy strips between a camping site and horticultural glasshouses in South Holland, b) a former commercial forest in Brabant which was also used as a military training area for a while, c) a canal which was intended for large ships but remained unused, d) a discotheque car park, consisting of former tennis courts, in the middle of a small village somewhere south of Nijmegen, e) a hill under which nuclear waste is buried, f) the sea, etc. Why should anyone care about photographing these places and compiling the results in a book? If we make a similar summary of the activities taking place in the photos, the effect is hilarious: a) people on motorbikes driving through the mud at high speed, b) people holding fishing rods and apparently fishing in a place where no water is visible in any direction, c) people sitting in a forest wearing strange masks and capes, d) people training cameras with long telephoto lenses onto an almost invisible bird, and so on.
Linz Status Quo - Shumon Basar: The problem is - What is the Problem?
If the problem is that there are no problems, then might culture (be it art, architecture or the combination thereof) be the promise of problems? The artist Gustav Metzger once called for all artists in the world to go on strike—as a unified act of protest. If it had ever happened would we really have noticed? Probably not. But the question tells us about the limits of what it is we think we know our reality is like.

With the resounding boom of genuine optimism, I ask us to ask Linz, ‘What are the difficult questions that remain unasked?’ And here it is we start.

Veröffentlicht/Published in: Angelika Fitz, Martin Heller (Hg. / eds.), LINZ TEXAS. Eine Stadt mit Beziehungen / A City Relates, Springer-Verlag/Vienna.

Linz Status Quo - Bart Lootsma: Accelerating Stifter
I don’t know why, but when one thinks about Linz and its landscape, there is always a certain sense of dissociation. The city and the landscape are not really congruent – reminiscent of the way in which the events portrayed in the paintings of the “Danube School”, an Early Renaissance movement that emerged in the Danube region in the 16th century, appear to be artificially implanted in the landscapes. The Austrian tradition of viewing city and landscape as strictly separate entities in the sense of “culture” and “nature” thus harks back at least as far as that time, and did not originate in the Romantic period. Today, however, this kind of separation has become problematic. Cities have long since spread beyond their borders, while the surrounding landscape has been a cultural landscape for an even longer time, and is thus no longer a wilderness, but a landscape that can – and should – be planned.

Veröffentlicht/Published in: Angelika Fitz, Martin Heller (Hg. / eds.), LINZ TEXAS. Eine Stadt mit Beziehungen / A City Relates, Springer-Verlag/Vienna.

BART LOOTSMA: ENTIRELY AN INTERIOR JOB
The Poeme Électronique by Le Corbusier, Edgard Varese and Iannis Xenakis
For more than 25 years, the Philips Pavillion and the Poeme Électronique remained Le Corbusier’s most mysterious projects –even though thousands and thousands of people had seen them at the 1958 Brussels Expo. The Oeuvre Complete only shows [more]
Bart Lootsma: The Paradoxes of Contemporary Populism
The rise of populism in Europe goes hand in hand with the Crisis of the welfare state and representative democracy. Therefore it is no wonder that architecture, although maybe not in the sense of exceptional architectural masterpieces but as housing and urbanism, is one of the main issues for populist politicians. [more]
Bart Lootsma: The Aleph
Today, we dwell almost like nomads in a mediated world. The computer screen takes over the role of the Aleph in Jorge Luis Borges' story: a point in space that contains all other points. When one looks at it, one can see the whole universe. Dwelling in the traditional sense may have become problematic, but alt least every home has several Alephs, which we can take with us anywhere. That's progress. Image: Nam June Paik, TV Buddha. [more]
Bart Lootsma: Space Odyssey, a Statement on Didier Faustino
Didier Faustino is one of the most intriguing architects/artists/curators today. His work proves the opportunity one has today as an architect or artist to define one#s own operational field. [more]
Paul Meurs: Holland Village in Japan
In the 1990's, at Momura Bay in Japan, a Holiday resort was built which looks exactly like an old Dutch city. Photographic records of this project show that a credible cityscape can be created out of nothing. Or maybe the opposite applies, i.e. that Dutch cities are actually not much more than sloppily made amusement parks. The thematic city has no history. It doesn't even have it#s own name. The extremely serious approach to Dutch historic architecture in Japan triggered Paul Meurs, Professor for heritage Preservation at the TU Delft, to write a critical reflection on the Dutch monument and restoration policy. [more]
Bart Lootsma: Architectural Criticism and the Media Industry

Architecture has changed from a discipline in service of the larger part of the population through public housing, public buildings, public spaces, urban planning and design to a particular and already in itself disparate nichte of the real estate business that has more to do with the media industra than with public tasks. Architectural criticism has become part of this media industry as well. Thus, Postmodern architecture could flourish as the bastard child or political and cultural populist strategies. Today, architectural criticism finds itself in a deep crisis due to new developments in publishing and it's financing. This also affects Critical Theory. With its background of ideas rooted in Marxism and Enlightenment, Critical Theory seems to have great difficulty with not only the speed of new developments and the unpredictability of their directions, but also with the increasingly dominant irrational but powerful aspects of marketing and propaganda in which it's voice seems no longer heard beyond the walls of the academic ghetto.

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Bart Lootsma, What's the Question? More Questions
In the book "What's the Question?", Tor Inge Hjemdal and Nora Aursand Iversen asked 16 Nowegian architects to phrase questions or issues considering the current and future state of architecture. Bart Lootsma wrote a critical introduction. Image Lars Ringdal, Vy Architects. [more]
Bart Lootsma: Learning from Saxony-Anhalt
The International Building Exhibition (IBA) Saxony-Anhalt 2010 presents concrete urban planning and design solutions for 19 cities, whose numbers of inhabitants have drastically shrunk over the last two decades. In an essay for the book that accompanies the IBA, Bart Lootsma analyzes the project in an international comparison. [more]
BART LOOTSMA: URBAN DRIFTWOOD AND BLACK HOLES
A lecture by Bart Lootsma at the Future of Urbanism conference, which took place at the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Ann Arbor on March 19 and 20, 2010. The complete lectures of the conference, with speakers like ao. Christina Boyer, Benjamin Bratton, Marshall Brown, Teddy Cruz, Bryan Finoki, Saskia Sassen and Edward Soja can be found on Taubman College's Youtube channel. [more]
Reinhold Messner in conversation with Bettina Schlorhaufer: I should have made an architect......
The extreme mountain climber and former member of the European Parliament Reinhold Messner is now making a name for himself as a museum expert. Under the motto "one idea - five buildings" his aim is to present his collections of art and curiosities in five "Messner Mountain Museums". Messner's role as the [more]
Bart Lootsma: Insiders, The Style of Choice
“The style of choice”, Rem Koolhaas writes in Generic City, “is postmodern, and will always remain so. Postmodernism is the only movement that has succeeded in connecting the practice of architecture with the practice of panic. Postmodernism is not a doctrine based on a highly civilized reading of architectural history but a method, a mutation in professional architecture that produces results fast enough to keep pace with the Generic City’s development. Instead of consciousness, as its original inventors may have hoped, it creates a new unconscious. It is modernization’s little helper. Anyone can do it – a skyscraper based on the Chinese pagoda and/or a Tuscan hill town.” Koolhaas continues: “All resistance to postmodernism is anti-democratic. It creates a “stealth” wrapping around architecture that makes it irresistible, like a Christmas present from a charity.” In other words: Postmodernism has become the global vernacular in architecture an urbanism, our new folklore. How did this happen and how should we deal with it? Acceptance of the situation is only the first step in any therapy. [more]
Bart Lootsma: Snøhetta's Artificial Mirages
The 2009 Mies van der Rohe Award went to Snøhetta for their design of the Oslo Opera. Snøhetta seems to be one of the first architectural offices to have worked on a global scale from their very beginning.  Over the twenty years of its existence, Snøhetta has produced a broad spectrum of works, the majority in the cultural sector, that reflect an almost equally broad spectrum of styles and approaches: from the monumental eclecticism of the Alexandria Library and the Oslo Opera to the barren conceptualism of the Kivik Art Center in Malmö and the Fishing Museum in Karmøy, and from the social engagement of the Sandvika Cultural Center and the Petter Dass Museum in Alstahaug to the atmospheric promises of the Turner Museum in Margate, England, the Gateway project in Ras Al Khaimah, and the King Abdulaziz Center for Knowledge and Culture in Dahran, Saudi Arabia (Photo). [more]
Bart Lootsma: Individualization
From at least the nineteen sixties on, individualization has been one of the implicit, secret driving forces of the architectural debate. However, the perspective on this phenomenon has largely changed. In the sixties, seventies, eighties and even largely today, individualization was seen as [more]
BAS PRINCEN, MILICA TOPALOVIC: Exhibition INVISIBLE FRONTIER
Exhibition 'INVISIBLE FRONTIER, Landscape Fictions Based on True Stories' by Bas Princen and Milica Topalovic in the AUT Architecture Gallery in Innsbruck. The exhibition is the result of a collaboration with the Chair for Architectural Theory of the Leopold Franzens University in Innsbruck. [more]
Wendelien van Odenborgh: The Crystal Cathedral Scenes
Milica Topalovic' double video projection Sunday Canon is edited to show one hour from a three and a half hour process, which happens on Sundays, observed and recorded twice from the same point of view, with a seven weeks interval. The setting is the Crystal Cathedral in Los Angeles, one of the best known television churches, designed by Philip Johnson.
Bas Princen, Milica Topalovic, Landscape Fictions Based on True Stories
Landscape Fictions Based on True Stories is a research through the world of artificial landscapes in the Netherlands and engineered mountainous slopes of Tyrol - its present day and its historical becoming. [more]
Linz Status Quo - Roemer van Toorn: Rethinking the City Spectacle
Now that this is clear, that a lot needs to be done in our highly developed cities, Roemer van Toorn proposes – by way of a thought experiment – one unique project for the city of Linz. In this project [more]
A Conversation between Olafur Eliasson and Bart Lootsma
Between 29.05.08 and 20.07.08 the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich shows 'Your mobile expectations: BMW H2R project' by the artist Olafur Eliasson: a frozen sculpture based on BMW's record braking hydrogen powered car. This conversation between [more]
BART LOOTSMA: SADAR VUGA BALANCING ACT
For an office that exists for only such a relatively short time, SADAR VUGA has realized an amazingly broad and mature oeuvre. Stunning is that from the beginning, in the work of SADAR VUGA maturity goes hand in hand with innovation –be it never really with experimentation for the sake of the experiment. Firmly rooted in the great former Yugoslavian and Slovenian modernist tradition, Sadar Vuga orientate themselves internationally and their work indeed looks international and timeless. [more]
Angelika Schnell: The Phantoms of Rotterdam
Rotterdam's reputation as a 'city of modern architecture' has justly grown. But is it right to regard Rotterdam also as a 'city of modern urban development' or of modern urban planning? [more]
Mathieu Wellner: Building Publics
Mathieu Wellner argues how the attempt to create public spaces for social action is doomed to fail because processes of appropriation cannot be planned. It would seem that producing inner-city buildings and squares for the general public is possible only in the context of shopping, culture and sport. But a revolution has never started in a shopping mall. People still take the streets to demonstrate for what they really believe in. [more]
Bart Lootsma: Body & Globe
Body & Globe explores how since the nineteen sixties communication media and a radically increased individual mobility have drastically changed our perception of the world - and of architecture and urbanism. Where the individual body became a cyborg, a cybernetic organism, a human being with certain processes aided, controlled or replaced by mechanical, pharmaceutical or electronic devices, urban projects were suddenly thought in terms of a scale that could only be perceived as a whole from a position in outer space. Architecture became torn apart between fashion and design on one hand and the global scale of networks of communication and transport on the other. [more]
Bart Lootsma: Observer and Visionary, Theory and Practice of Stefano Boeri Architects
Over the last decades, Stefano Boeri became one of the most interesting players in architecture and urbanism in Europe. An architect and academic, he became a founder of the international research network Multiplicity, an editor of magazines like DOMUS and Abitare and finally a politician, as City Councillor for Culture of the city of Milan. Photograph: Stefano Boeri and Multiplicity, Solid Sea, Documenta 11, 2002. [more]
Wy media is essential for urban growth. Bart Lootsma in conversation with Alan Saunders
Bart Lootsma interviewed by Alan Saunders of Australia's ABC Radio in the program By Design on his ideas on urbanism on the occasion of his participation in Adelaide's 2011 Festival of Ideas. What is the effect of globalisation, where does the individual fit - and, why is media an essential ingredient for urban growth? Image HATE RADIO [more]
Bart Lootsma: Out of the Wild
OUT OF THE WILD is a research project by the Chair for Architectural Theory of the University of Innsbruck. It tries to uncover how the ideas of Otto Neurath and the Settlement Movement, as they developed after the First World War in Vienna, were continued by other Austrian-born emigrants, like Friedrich Kiesler and Christopher Alexander, but also investigates other personalities, ideas, projects and movements in their vicinity. [more]
Bart Lootsma: Mashup
HHF architects (Tilo Herlach, Simon Hartmann und Simon Frommenwiler) is a young, Basel-based international practice with projects in Switzerland, Germany, the United States, China, Mongolia and Mexico. The work of HHF is defined by the paradoxical desire to be direct and down to eath on one hand and sophisticated on the other. This may explain why they regularly collaborate with Chinese artist, architect and activist Ai Wei Wei.

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BART LOOTSMA: TOWARDS THE KALEIDOSCOPE
"Contemporary civilization differs in one particularly distinctive feature from those which preceded it: speed. The change has come about within a generation, " wrote the historian Marc Bloch in the nineteen thirties. Speed, as a particular attribute of movement has been Paul Virilio's theme for several decades now and his ideas may help us structure this essay on mobility and colour around the concepts of Mobility, Immobility and Accident. [more]
ANDREAS RUMPFHUBER: NON-PLACES OF IMMATERIAL LABOUR - ARCHITECTURE'S DILDOTOPIA?
As in Beatriz Preciado's contra-sexual manifesto, we can understand the program of architecture as a technology. We need to accept that architecture as such is political, that it organizes practices and that it judges whatever practices there are: be it public or private, be it institutional or homely, be it social or intimate. And we need to understand that the program of a specific architecture is being established through [more]
Bart Lootsma: Black Holes in Megalopolis
For better or for worse, in all its fragmentation, Houston is also a city that may give us some indications of how in the future megalopolises could become more than the sum of their parts. It may come as a surprise to many, but even if Houston is this endless, quasi-comatose city that for the most part consists of an endless sea of individual houses, shaded by what Lars Lerup has called a “zoohemic canopy” of broccoli-like trees, it is also the birthplace of some spectacular forms of collective life. The success of these new forms of collective life depends on a symbiosis between live and televised audiences. The buildings accommodating this new collective life are basically enormous halls that can accommodate events from baseball to football, from Wrestlemania to rock concerts and from demolition derby’s to religious masses and victims of a hurricane [more]
Trauma and Disappointment, a conversation between Bart Lootsma and Pier Vittorio Aureli
Gert Jan Willemse was a Dutch architect whose major work consists of a series of books. Consisting of small pencil drawings that could take several weeks to make and inspired by literary sources, these books seem to show a ‘Design for a world without people’, to quote the Austrian writer Peter Rosei, who was one of the inspirational sources of this beautiful work. Born in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, in 1957, Gert Jan Willemse took his own life in Switzerland in 1987. In a conversation with Bart Lootsma that was published in HUNCH, Pier Vittorio Aureli considers this work as the particular Dutch contribution to what he has recently called “The Project of Autonomy” in a very interesting book that was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2008, which is subtitled: “Politics and Architecture within and against Capitalism”. [more]
SEBASTIEN MAROT: EXILE ON MAIN STREET
Sebastien Marot is a philosopher and guest-professor for landscape architecture at the ETH Zürich. This lecture is based on his PhD ‘Palimpsestuous Ithaca: A Relative Manifesto for Sub-Urbanism’, in which he traces the roots of contemporary discourse in architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture in the landscape setting of Cornell University in Ithaca. [more]
BAS PRINCEN, MILICA TOPALOVIC: INVISIBLE FRONTIER
Marc Pimlott: Utopian Debris: a conversation with Bas Princen
Marc Pimlott interviews Bas Princen on his most recent photographic works. This article will be published in the forthcoming OASE 76 and is published here with kind permission of the editors of OASE.
Linz Status Quo - Bart Lootsma: Linz Cultural Capital
In ”Linz Status Quo”, cultural capital has a double meaning. The first being of course that, together with Vilnius, Linz will be Cultural Capital of Europe in 2009. The second meaning has to do with the cultural capital of Linz itself. For the sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, who introduced the concept of cultural capital, it incorporates all material goods just as well as forms of knowledge, education and skills that enable people to more easily find a position of status and power. There are three types of cultural capital. In its institutionalized state, institutions that give diplomas and titles recognize the cultural capital. The objectified state involves things that a person owns and can be sold, like instruments, books or works of art. In its embodied state, cultural capital is embodied in the individual, as inherited and acquired properties of oneself.

Veröffentlicht/Published in: Angelika Fitz, Martin Heller (Hg. / eds.), LINZ TEXAS. Eine Stadt mit Beziehungen / A City Relates, Springer-Verlag/Vienna.

Linz Status Quo - Angelika Schnell: Deja Vu
So what is it then that commends Linz for its part as a Capital of Culture? Perhaps its famous cultural institutions (Linzertorte cake, Bruckner festival, Ars Electronica)? Or is it the idea that it has morphed from an ugly industrial town into a beautiful city of culture? The latter explanation is favored by its Mayor, Franz Dobusch. Or is it because Linz boasts a rare asset, i.e. nature, industry and culture mingling together to form a harmonious whole? Martin Heller, artistic director of Linz09, thinks that this “trinity” is Linz’s unique selling proposition. A big claim that needs to be corroborated by facts.

Veröffentlicht/Published in: Angelika Fitz, Martin Heller (Hg. / eds.), LINZ TEXAS. Eine Stadt mit Beziehungen / A City Relates, Springer-Verlag/Vienna.

 

BART LOOTSMA: The nth typology, the typology of the and, or the end of typology?
Traditionally, in dwelling, ideas about the collective have been expressed in types, both on the level of the individual dwelling as well as on the level of urbanism. Today however, this relationship is not as obvious any more as it used to be. [more]
Thomas Fussenegger: Matchpoint Melbourne
Cities have always tried to provide their residents with the best possible urban environment. Due to the growing importance of leisure industry and tourism, cities such as Melbourne are more and more forced to compete for becoming hot spots on the world map. Through a comprehensive analysis of the city it is shown how sport and design have become synonymous for Melbourne's local culture and could simultaneously attract worldwide attention. Independently, Thomas Fussenegger developed underutilised sites throughout the inner city. Thereby, sport, identity, branding, experiential design, and public space turned out as the key issues. New cognitions gave rise to a comprehensive concept for Melbourne's urban thinking and planning. The proposed concept shows how architecture can be utilized to combine local and global aspects of city making in order to service social integration and economic growth. A series of individually developed architectural interventions provides an idea on how the overall concept could become part of each project in a different way. The inner city of Melbourne becomes the urban playing field. [more]
Bart Lootsma: Koolhaas, Constant and Dutch culture in the 1960's
A reconstruction of the years before Rem Koolhaas decided to become an architect, in which he was deeply involved in the Dutch avant-garde culture of the nineteen sixties as a journalist and filmmaker. [more]