By Franco La Cecla
With perception into the human facet of structure, this serious overview monitors the shortcomings of recent city making plans as an acclaimed architect concerns a passionate cost opposed to the stars of the present architectural global: the archistars.” He argues that structure has misplaced its approach and its precise functionality, because the archistars mould cityscapes to construct their model without regard for the general public reliable. greater than a diatribe opposed to the exchange, l. a. Cecla makes a decision to reconsider city area and take the towns again from casino capitalism” that has left a string of failed city tasks, comparable to the Sagrera of Barcelona and the growth of Columbia college in manhattan urban. Recounting his travels around the globe, l. a. Cecla presents insights to help in resisting the planners and to discover the spirit of a spot. those commentaries at the works of previous and current masters of city and panorama will take a tremendous position in endured public discourse for years to come.
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23 It dealt with a reprise of the self-destructing machine set in motion by the Swiss artist Tinguely in 1960 in his performance Homage to New York. On that occasion Tinguely had destroyed an old piano, an air balloon, bottles, motors, bicycle tires, and trash from the city dump. The destroying machine was programmed to selfdestruct at the end. Tinguely had also thought up a machine in a shop window that would destroy the products sold inside the Manhattan store, an evident comment from the militant anarchist on the regime of shopping.
This has influenced in no small way how architecture is executed. It’s not by chance that we are in a whirlwind of constructions: from Renzo Piano’s skyscraper for the New York Times to SANAA’s museum in the Bowery, to the wrapped-grill Armani building in Tokyo by Fuksas, the “signature knitwear theme” predominates, with a “Portofino” or “Riviera” effect, forcing architecture to become an illustration for “Rakam” or “Mani di fata” knitting magazines. Architecture becomes a fabric, loosely woven; it loses its volumetric density, it becomes rarified.
We are in Albania, no joking. —Ornela Vorpsi So I did not become an architect. ” Hubris? For example, in commenting on the debate on the suburbs that had taken place after the riots in the Paris banlieues, riots that are far from being a fact of the past, but which still smolder like an ember in the outskirts of the ville lumière, I concluded that if today the question is that the superstars of architecture have taken refuge in the golden world of branding, it was not like that in the years after the war.
Against Architecture by Franco La Cecla