“Now we are left with a world without urbanism, only architecture, ever more Rem Koolhaas, What Ever Happened to Urbanism?, in S,M,L,XL, The Monicelli. been a failure, a hoax: magic that didn’t work. Its ideas, aesthetics, strategies are finished. Together, all attempts to make a new beginning have only discredited. Whatever Happened to “Urbanism”?: Comparing visibly the polemical and innovative Rem Koolhaas, welcomed the shift of scales, enlargement of programs.

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Basically he says that urbanists are disillusioned with their failure to change the city. The modernist ideology has failed as they have tried to take control over such a complicated and extensive topic that it has merely scratched the surface and been unsuccessful.

The koolhass observes the unfolding life of the flock, its movements, its collective affects, the flow of the continually reshaping mass and the flow of the landscape in continuous interaction. Posted by wilson at If you accept the premise that urbanization is marching forward under the orders of capitalism, irrespective of professional planners’ and politicians’ attempts to guide it, then your best recourse is to look for opportunity in the seams left in the urban fabric.

It does not fix its attention on the rigid and monumental. LU Reader broken down Reading List: It needs to be more like a doctor or a diagnostician — it needs to understand the diversity of needs and the changing environment. MonarchRH August 30, at It is a creative and planning process where imagination plays its role but it is the expected results that are important.


This cheapens the overall quality of the subreddit’s content. Kwinter sees Urbanism as a living creature. Thanks for sharing–there certainly is a great deal to think about here.

In our past we have formed cities and failed so many times that we can no longer be sure or confident of the cities we live in today.

What Ever Happened to Urbanism? Which approach would this be? A professional level of civility is expected. Whatever Happened to Urbanism?

This urban fabric he can be seen to attempt to compress into most of his projects. One short essay, ‘Whatever Happened to Urbanism?

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You don’t have to agree with Rem’s “solutions”, but I believe that he has correctly described the reality of our urban condition. Thursday, 8 October Urbanism, Koolhaas and Kwinter. Welcome to Reddit, the front page of the internet.

Excessive control over urbanism definitely impacts on originality. As it is, I don’t think anything has happened to urbanism. Terrain Vague – de Sola Morales Source: This has left us whatevver small ideas tiptoeing around the crisis under the rubric of safe interventions or tepid theorizations. No doubt on potential, especially in a happpened realm of activity.

Theorists often discuss movements in happensd and urbanism, but there is a very strong absence of emphasis on people. I believe that we all agree that modernization and globalization has changed the urban condition. Kwinter seems to believe that it is best to allow the bigness to occur naturally — urbanism follows the city.


Yet his intervention is soft, fluid, indirect, and yet for all this almost precise: He suggests that attempts to control this through civic institutions leads to mediocrity in design. I wonder how many of you agree with this text. Submit interesting, engaging, and inspiring content relevant to the field, study, or love of architecture. If you’re unsure how to behave like a proper adult, refer to Reddiquette. What do you think of his urban project of Euralille?

However, how can you control something as large as the city and its development? Liberated from its atavistic duties, urbanism redefined as a way of operating on the inevitable will attack architecture, invade its trenches, drive it from its bastions, undermine its certainties, explode its limits, ridicule its preoccupations with matter and substance, destroy its traditions, smoke out its urbanisn.

I do think he’s on to something with his notion that we have done serious damage to our agency with simultaneous utopian ideals and contempt for the powers that shape cities.