Proposals for Stockholm
1. Back in 1967 – “The limited categorical foundations and traditional definitions of architecture and its means have on the whole lost their validity. A true architecture of our time, then, is emerging, and is both redefining itself as a medium and expanding its field. Many fields beyond traditional building are taking over ‘architecture,’ just as architecture and ‘architects’ are moving into fields that were once remote. Everyone is an architect. Everything is architecture.”
2. Back in 1971 – “This is a hole. It always has been and still is. But now it is a hole into the future. We’re going to dump so much through this lousy hole into your world that everything will change in it. Life will be different. It’ll be fair. Everyone will have everything he needs. Some hole, huh? Knowledge comes through this hole. And when we have the knowledge, we’ll make everyone rich, and we’ll fly to the stars, and go anywhere we want. That’s the kind of hole we have here.”
Forty years later architecture is still categorical, but now without foundation, and still very much traditional, but with a lack of definition. If we live in a time of free fall, maybe the best thing to do is to speculate and do our best to find holes to the future. Every weekday Economy publish a new proposal for Stockholm.
1. Hans Hollein 2. Arkady & Boris Strugatsky
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