Furnished with ramps, stairs, escalators, and elevators, it gives the impression of kinetic activity, of people coming in and out of offices, going up and down stairs, stopping in coffee lounges. （Atrium）
Throughout this study, I have sought to identify moments in which modern urban scenes do not erase, but rather stage literary, cinematic, and spatial narratives of memory in the post-dictatorial Southern Cone. In the process, I intended to demonstrate that memory remains a vital aspect of everyday life and, therefore, continues to imprint the cityscape beyond those sites designated as official ...(3回应)
Throughout this study, I have sought to identify moments in which modern urban
scenes do not erase, but rather stage literary, cinematic, and spatial narratives of memory
in the post-dictatorial Southern Cone. In the process, I intended to demonstrate that
memory remains a vital aspect of everyday life and, therefore, continues to imprint the
cityscape beyond those sites designated as official memorials. The works I have analyzed
in this study demonstrate that memoryscapes recur among those landscapes previously
dissociated from remembrance: places of transit and uniformity, repurposed places, entire
cities on the brink of ruin. Emergent memoryscapes suggest complementary efforts to
work through memories of the past and to understand with greater clarity its influence on
the present, since space becomes a medium through which to articulate memory. As a
consequence, those places most emblematic of the legacy of the Southern Cone
dictatorships—places symbolic, more generally, of international commerce, mobility, and
modernity—provide a staging ground for articulating memory.
At first sight, the size of the program--its possible delusions of grandeur--seems overwhelmingly at odds with the fragrant, almost virginal beauty of the site. In a context of systematically compromised authenticity, it seemed cruel and unusual to destroy part of its remaining natural qualities. Were these boulevards and axes dreams of Africa? Should they be answered? What could be the status ...
The cumulative effect of all this vacancy-- this systematic lack of commitment-- is, paradoxically, density. The typical American downtown is a brute accumulation of Typical Plans, a massif of indetermination, hollowness as core. The center is no longer unique but universal, no longer a place but a condition.
The appeal of rationalism lies in the chaste economy of the imagination that it postulates: it asserts that it is redundant and even dangerous to invent or replace forms of urban organization-- the street, the plaza, etc.-- that have been perfected over centuries. Within this restoration of sanity, it is disconcerting that everything the 20th century contributed to the historic sequence-- new t...
A contradiction lies at the heart of contextualist design: in the contextualists' favorite examples, these collisions and aborted utopias are literally generated by the course of events over long periods of time; but the modern contextualist is forced to telescope vicissitudes of centuries into a single moment of conception. In an act of more-or-less inspired projection, the contextualist gener...