Less is Enough: On Architecture and Asceticism, Pier Vittorio Aureli
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Less is Enough: On Architecture and Asceticism

Pier Vittorio Aureli is an architect and writer. He currently teaches at the Architectural Association in London, and is visiting professor at Yale University. He is the author of many essays and several books, including The Project of Autonomy (2008) and The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture (2011).
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the most blatant was a piece written by the then architecture critic for the New York Times, Nicolai Ourousoff, significantly titled ‘It Was Fun Till the Money Ran Out’.
Rather than owning a robe, a house or a book, they would use these things. Here use was understood not as a value but as the act of sharing things, as the supreme form of living in common.
http://places.designobserver.com/feature/scarcity-contra-austerity/35638/
If in the late 1990s and early 2000s architecture was driven by the irrational exuberance of the real-estate market towards the production of increasingly redundant iconic objects, with the onset of the recession the situation started to change.
‘more with less
‘It Was Fun Till the Money Ran Out’.
blueprint for an ‘ideal’ Benedictine monastery
the illusion of permanence, rootedness and identity
Capitalism is not just a process of accumulation but also, and especially, the incessant optimisation of the productive process towards a situation in which lesscapital investment equals more capital accumulation.
his project shows us something decisive about self-organisation: namely, the increased importance of rules and form. Contrary to the easy romanticism of self-organisation that is so popular among architects and designers, it requires a lot of effort and self-discipline to exit a pre-existing social order.
that beauty could only arise through refusal of everything that was not strictly necessary

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