We do not know what is next. If we were to take a barbarian and place him, loincloth and all, before one of our magnificent cities, what would he feel? He wold feel fear, doubly: the fear of powerlessness before our architectural excess and our fear, the thing that drives our architectural excess. The dread of imperfection. We do not need cities and buildings; it is the fear of the dark which compels us to erect them instinctively, like insects. Perspective is the foot-soldier of relativity. Just as the barbarian would gaze upon our cities and buildings with fear and incomprehension, so would we gaze upon future cities and future buildings.
- an excerpt from Colson Whitehead’s The Intuitionist
I was interested in architecture as it related to memory, and how unfixed faith is in memory, because I was trying to draw things from memory. I remembered floor plans, and they were all wrong—big patches were missing—and I was seeing that as repressed memory syndrome.
- Mike Kelley, re: “Educational Complex” sculptures
We must not be satisfied merely to ask how such models might conform to the supposed “realities” of a fetishized corporate economy. Rather, we must ask, quite pragmatically: What sort of political economy, and what sort of society, would be required to make another way of living possible or even conceivable in the first place?
Interesting new real estate development model - Certainly a lot to be said for the premise, but seems a little elitist and has the potential to create an insufferable population of holier-than-thou neo-yuppie culture.