“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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It does not fix its attention on the rigid and monumental. Or maybe control is not the answer? Society has everything necessary to live in a culture free from currency, slavery and debt. Kwinter sees Urbanism as a living creature.

Submit interesting, engaging, and inspiring content relevant to the field, study, or love of architecture. We need to grasp a new regime of values to create a new paradigm, and it is this that will subconsciously alter our urbqnism of how our future cities should form. I like the Highline.

Landscape+Urbanism: Source: Whatever Happened to Urbanism? – Koolhaas

As it is, I don’t think anything has happened to urbanism. Want to add to the discussion? Information posted in this community regarding construction and detailing is for informational purposes only and does not replace whxtever judgement and designs of a qualified architect hapepned engineer. The Emergence of Landscape Create a text post. Saturday, 14 November What ever happened to Urbanism? It exploits and exhausts the potentials that can be generated finally only by urbanism and that only the specific imagination or urbanism can invent and renew.

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According to Koolhaas Urbanism failed to create a unique, solid and time-proof proposition for the city. This Social control includes social mechanisms that regulate individual and group behaviour. However society is controlled not by the government, but by the privately owned companies that control the currency.

It needs to be more like a doctor or a diagnostician — it needs to understand the diversity of needs and the changing environment. He suggests that attempts to control this through civic institutions leads to mediocrity in design. As mentioned by Koolhaas, “Redefined, urbanism will not only, or mostly, be a profession, but a way of thinking, an ideology: And this is where Koolhaas is right: It is like an inversion of the traditional town square.

The Manhattanization of New York has crossed the river into Brooklyn. It is a creative and planning process where imagination plays its role but it is the expected results that are important. A community for students, professionals, and lovers of architecture. Terra Fluxus Reading the Landscape: As with most things Rem, it’s certainly provocative. I don’t know who has been more destructive to urbanism, well-meaning architects and planners with their fancy theories and high falutin’ language that ultimately says and means nothing, or hardcore, ruthless, unrestrained capitalist forces?

At the city level, it is harder to understand what is expected of urbanism because needs are diverse and change with time and the social environment. Terrain Vague – de Sola Morales Source: However, how can you control something as large as the city and its development?

Society must unitedly assume control of their own destinies or at least relinquish the management of society to those whom will act in their best interests without influence or domination. Newer Post Older Post Home.

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.


His view is that this retreat towards architecture is only a step backwards and that we need to recognize that a softer approach to urbanism is needed. I wonder how many of you agree with this text. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy. Even then the dog does not make drastic gestures but makes the sheep aware of its presence. I’ve walked it multiple times. The other important idea that fascinates me is the concept of ‘urbanism’ when realized in Euro-centric terms as ‘study’, whereas Koolhaas definitely considers urbanism as a more active endeavor, stating in the context of rapid urbanization, that “urbanism, as a profession, has disappeared at the moment when urbanization everywhere – after decades of constant acceleration – is on its way to establishing a definitive, global ‘triumph’ of the urban condition?

The shepherd 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.

This is the most “Rem” passage in the whole article. Posted by wilson at That the city of today is simply a reflection of present need and present ability.


For it is only under domination and threat to the loss of freedom that the natural instinct to rebel and want to oppose exists.

LU Reader broken down Reading List: More than ever, the city is all we have. Whatever Happened to Urbanism?