《Small, Medium, Large, Extra-Large》的原文摘录

  • Who does not long for that histrionic branch of the profession that leapt like clowns--pathetic yet courageous--off one cliff after another, hoping to fly, flapping with inadequate wings, but enjoying at least the free-fall of pure speculation? Maybe such nostalgia is not merely a longing for the former authority of this profession (no one can seriously believe that architecture has become less authoritarian) but simply for fantasy. (查看原文)
    EST_YAO 2013-02-07 22:45:29
    —— 引自第199页
  • ...a system of fragments. Nothingness here would be a modified Caspar David Friedrich landscape--a Teutonic forest intersected by Arizona highways; in fact, a Switzerland. (查看原文)
    EST_YAO 2013-02-07 23:02:36
    —— 引自第201页
  • If there is a method in this work, it is a method of systematic idealization -- a systematic overestimation of what exists, a bombardment of speculation that invests even the most mediocre aspects with retroactive conceptual and ideological charge. To each bastard, a genealogical tree; the faintest hint of an idea is tracked with the obstinacy of a detective on a juicy case of adultery. In such a way, the interpretation of the Berlin Wall as a park enlivened by a Zen sculpture made it possible to imagine the villas along it. In Rotterdam, it was the banal givens of water and traffic, together with the reductive inventory of modern typologies, that triggered the imagination. (查看原文)
    EST_YAO 2013-05-07 11:51:11
    —— 引自第208页
  • Also, the wall is not stable; and it is not a single entity, as I thought. It is more a situation, a permanent, slow-motion evolution, some of it abrupt and clearly planned, some of it improvised. (查看原文)
    EST_YAO 2013-05-07 13:24:11
    —— 引自第219页
  • In comparison, the sixties dream of architecture's liberating potential-- in which I had been marinating for years as a student-- seemed feeble rhetorical play. It evaporated on the spot. 2. The wall suggested that architecture's beauty was directly proportional to its horror. (查看原文)
    EST_YAO 2013-05-07 13:45:57
    —— 引自第226页
  • 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 generates a scenario that simulates the history of the next 400 to 500 years. Through this extrapolation in the name of history, the contextualist short-circuits historical continuity. The contextualist's search for empirical necessity-- the circumstantial forces that will inflect the pure model-- can become frantic. The existing is squeezed for its maximum potential to inspire imperfection and cause imp... (查看原文)
    EST_YAO 2013-05-08 09:13:03
    —— 引自第283页
  • 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 types that are demonstrably responses to authentic programmatic demands and inspirations-- is excluded. Through this arbitrary closure, the infinitely reassuring dream of a world inhabited by a known series of typologies and morphologies, endowed with eternal life and capable of absorbing all programs, turns ominous when, for instance, Gunnar Asplund's Stockholm Public Library is shamelessly recycled ... (查看原文)
    EST_YAO 2013-05-08 09:43:01
    —— 引自第285页
  • All other architecture preempts the future; Typical Plan-- by making no choices-- postpones it, keeps it open forever. (查看原文)
    EST_YAO 2013-05-09 10:15:46
    —— 引自第344页
  • 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. (查看原文)
    EST_YAO 2013-05-09 10:20:50
    —— 引自第345页
  • Globalization lends virtuality to real buildings, keeps them indigestible, forever fresh. (查看原文)
    EST_YAO 2013-05-09 11:52:17
    —— 引自第367页
  • , its aim a montage of maximum possibility collected from any point, lifted from any context, pilfered from any ideology. It promises the final installment of the Promethean soap opera. (查看原文)
    EST_YAO 2013-05-09 11:55:42
    —— 引自第368页
  • 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 of projections in such a conceptual quicksand? Was there a way to escape the apparent necessity for a monument or a climax? (查看原文)
    EST_YAO 2013-05-19 09:10:29
    —— 引自第378页
  • 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) (查看原文)
    Visin 2017-02-22 15:39:50
    —— 引自第26页
  • The ambition of this project is to rid architecture of responsibilities it can no longer sustain and to explore this new freedom aggressively. It suggests that, liberated from its former obligations, architecture's last function will be the creation of the symbolic spaces that accommodate the persistent desire for collectivity. (查看原文)
    tchen 2020-04-26 08:38:32
    —— 引自第604页