Page 1. Junkspace. Rem Koolhaas. October, Vol. , Obsolescence. (Spring, ), pp. Stable URL. OMA founder Rem Koolhaas, the seer of Rotterdam, made just one contribution to the Harvard Guide: an essay called Junkspace. In about. so “junkspace” came up in a discussion recently, I thought I knew what it was and proceded with my definition. After hearing myself speak.

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Heterotopia is not a theory either.

Facinating, that the dark matter of non-places can be produced automatically, as a residue of the great and virtuous efforts of wealthy architects and social theorists – and the best part? Just as junkspace is unstable, its actual ownership is forever being passed on in parallel disloyalty.

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Rem Koolhaas. Junkspace

Corbusiers modulor is not a theory either, it was a model. Where culture was thinnest, will it be the first to run out?


Outside, between the casinos, fountains project entire Stalinist buildings of liquid, ejaculated in a split-second, hovering momentarily, then withdrawn with an amnesiac competency Rem Koolhaas Junkspace Because we abhor the utilitarianwe have condemned ourselves to a koolhaqs immersion in arbitrariness Junkspace can be high-design, after all The cosmetic is the new cosmic.

Somewhere, workers sink on their knees to repair faded sections – as if in a prayer – or half-disappear in ceiling voids to negotiate elusive malfunction – as if in confession. There is a special way of moving in junkspaceat the same time aimless and purposeful. History of architecture is surely not a theory of architecture, not even an element of it.

Because of its tenuous viability, junkspace has to swallow more and more program to survive; soon, we will be able to do anything anywhere.

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A fuzzy empire of blur, it fuses high and low, public and private, straight and bent, bloated and starved to offer a seamless patchwork of the permanently disjointed. From January 7 it will be open as usual. In this way a Manifesto is an expression, a stark rendering of some of the rules that can be built upon a particular theory. Jun 13, 05 7: Junkspace does not pretend to create perfection, only interest.


All paintings based on black grids are herded together, compressed in a single white room. There is junkspacr progress; like a crab on LSDculture wobbles endlessly sideways Transparency has disappearedreplaced by a dense crust of provisional occupation: Speaking of stuff that isn’t meant to last the former journalist put one of his buildings on my college campus.

Junkspace sheds architectures like a reptile sheds skins, is reborn every Monday morning.

Junkspace is space as vacation ; there once was a relationship between leisure and work, a biblical dictate that divided our weeks, organized public life. The beauty of airportsespecially after each upgrade. Neon signifies both the old and the new, interiors refer to the stone- and the space age at the same time.

It is flamboyant yet unmemorable, like a screensaver ; its refusal to freeze insures instant amnesia.

Rem Koolhaas. Junkspace

The arch, once the workhorse of structures, has become the depleted emblem of ‘community’, welcoming an infinity of virtual populations to non-existent there’s. Gravity nunkspace remained constant, resisted by the same arsenal since the beginning of time; but air conditioning – invisible medium, therefore unnoticed – has truly revolutionized architecture.


Fragments come together at ‘security’ only, where a grid of video screens disappointingly reassembles individual frames into a banalized, utilitarian cubism that reveals junkspace ‘s overall coherence to the dispassionate glare of barely trained guards: Masterpiece has become a definitive sanction, a semantic space that saves the object from criticism, leaves its qualities unproven, its performance untested, its motives unquestioned It is always interior, so extensive that you rarely perceive limits; it promotes disorientation by any means mirror, polish,echo