amazon storing in terms of size not kind. wow. did nit expect that.
Post war Japan and the metabolism movement.
Consequences of the end of the war for Japan was a rethinking of architecture and a cultural transformation.
Metabolism movement was launched by proposals for a new city, was a response to this dead-end place Japan was at that time.
It proposed a visionary urban future based on megastructures.
mass produced capsule housing, organic notions of growth and transformation of the city.
Kisho Kurokawa - Nagakin Capsule Tower
Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers | Centre George Pompidou | París | Competition Entry | 1971(via
A situationist approach to designing a cultural center. Relating to Cedric Price’s Fun Palace and the idea of a building allowing for constant change of space.
Just like Khan who reinvented ways of using concrete, here the architects design everything, it is the ultimate dry assembly building as everything is manufactured away from the site. The relationship between Khan’s design and Renzo & Rogers is the reinventing the tools of manufacturing. Even the assembly of the parts and delivery of them to the site remind the situationists, the whole city needed to change routine to accommodate the assembly.
The escalators become a monument to visit, an attraction to tourists, so popular that it was waring out because of over use. Problem with putting the structure outside of the building, it is exposed to the weather outside and it is a sort of counterintuitive way to construct a building. However, this structure now lends it self for many installations on the outside to present art.
Some subdivisions of space needed to be employed interiors so that the space can be used as a gallery.
One of the main problems of the building is its attractiveness. Renzo Pianos wish of the building being part of the exploration of the city as situationist building doesn’t come true. It is now a tourist attraction, feels like being in an airport with a lot of people moving through it daily. The radical uses of the spaces expected by the architects are now used by the presentation of the spectacle. Therefore, it is undermining the radical program that was initially instituted and supposed to fulfil.
An architecture of spectacle.
An amazing experiment.
London’s Lloyds building is a future project that relates to the pompidou center.
sitting on a desk stool for more than 5 days in a row for more than 10 hours a day and in the sleepless state I am (so half the time you’re trying to keep yourself balanced to not fall), now feels like I had an intense thigh workout….and i thought everyone should know this.
this was going to be my facebook status. but then it wasnt. I’m pretty socially awkward as it is, let’s not make it worse.