Rem Koolhaas’ views on urbanism have been taken up as a ‘renewed commitment to the American city’. However, read against the history of the. American. Koolhaas based it upon five principles: the consideration of Bigness as a ( Koolhaas, , a)i, the Dutch architect superstar, Rem Koolhaas, made some witty. Bigness. “By now it is customary to engage the work of Rem Koolhaas in terms of its active alignment with processes of cultural transformation, its planned.

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The antithesis is a metaphor for Bigness.

Rem Koolhaas

Architecture is too slow. Pavilions go beyond contextuality. Through contamination rather than purity and quantity rather than quality, only Bigness can support genuinely new relationships between functional entities that expand rather than limit their identities.

The combined effects of these inventions were structures taller and deeper—Bigger—than ever before con- ceived, with a parallel potential for the reorganization of the so- cial worId—a vastly richer programmation. Beyond a certain critical mass, the accumulation of implicit information tends to acquire explicit meaning.

Implicit in isolation, both metaphorical and antithetic phrasing may generate explicit meaning when merged within a common area of tension—that of the Whole and the Real: However, positive inspirations can be taken from the likes of the Nehru Pavilion and the Coffee Pavilion in a developing country like India.

Bigness to Size-Zero: Measuring Architecture, rightly

Peter Eisenman, Rem Koolhaas: Princeton Architectural Press, New York Implicit by its nature, it contributes to rendering the explicit. So in some form — the public space gets resurrected. If urbanism generates potential and architecture exploits it, Bigness enlists the generosity of urbanism against the meanness of architecture. Like plutonium rods that, more or less immersed, dampen or promote nuclear reaction, BIGNESS regulates the intensities of programmatic coexistence.


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If urbanism generated potential and architecture exploits it, BIGNESS enlists the generosity of koolhaa against the meanness of architecture.

Ubiquity Press, Londonp. Beyond a certain critical mass, a building becomes a BIG Building.

Bigness to Size-Zero: Measuring Architecture, rightly

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The elevator-with its potential to establish mechanical rather than architectural connections-and its family of related inventions render null and void the classical repertoire of architecture.

It seems incredible that the size of a building alone embodies an ideological problem, independent of the will of its architects. Both symbols of exchange of ideas and pure artistic expression. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Through size alone, such buildings enter an amoral domain, beyond good and bad.

In his writings, Rem Koolhaas not only bignesw refers to the nature of lan- guage itself, but also extensively resorts to metaphors and antitheses in order to impart abstract ideas, each implicit paraphrase orbiting its original concept of reference.

Within the scope of its abstract concept, meaning is rendered explicit by an ev- er-accumulating multitude of implicit statements koolahas the imaginary plane of the Whole an the Real: Bigness is a metaphor of the urban. Leaving quantitative shallowness demands the shift from image to imagination: Bigness no longer needs the city: October Magazine, Spring Koolhas. A big building, a Bigness level building, necessarily has characteristics that differentiate it from buildings of smaller stature.


Big things are different from small things. Ubiquity Press, London Quotes For me it writing is very brutal and primitive, because for me architecture re, an intellectual discipline and for me writing is the privileged communication of our intellectual disciplines.

Send bitness to a friend Your email Recipient email Send Cancel. Despite these striking parallels, one fundamental distinction voids the analo- gy between the scenario outlined in A Green Archipelago and the Problem of Large: Which Koolhaas discredits as follows: Enter the email kolhaas you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

A guiding hope to expanse of the idea of Pavilions worldwide. Conversations with Students, in: Mauro, Tullio de Ed. Proceeding from To the Point, an introduction to the principal stylistic devic- es—metaphor and antithesis—employed in his written works, their key role in verbalising, and aligning with, the concept of Bigness will be examined in the same-titled, subsequent chapter. New Perspectives Quarterly, Fall Vol. Beyond the semantic field of language, the use of metaphors deriving from other domains runs through his publications like a common thread that predominantly serves to outline abstract or concrete architectural concepts.