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Sam Jacob

Make it Real: Architecture as Enactment

    Polina Kasperhas quoted5 months ago
    The effect of this endless repetition is to create a sensation of inevitability, of naturalising even the most radical of intentions
    Polina Kasperhas quoted5 months ago
    In its freewheeling rewriting of the past, architecture uses history as a slingshot into the future. It endlessly re-stages itself, self-consciously folding its own past into its future, rewriting its own myth into its very fabric.
    Tara Nursalimhas quoted3 years ago
    The danger is that it’s just talk. Then again, the danger is that it’s not. I believe you can speak things into existence.

    Jay-Z, Decoded, 2010
    Ekaterina Aksarinahas quoted7 years ago
    we should recognise that architecture is fundamentally unnatural, an utterly alien environment that is constructed conceptually just as it is constructed physically. It is an entirely synthetic invention with no intrinsic core other than one that we might invent. For all this, it assumes an effortless, entirely natural appearance. It feels, smells, looks and sounds like it is real. And in doing that it becomes real.
    Ekaterina Aksarinahas quoted7 years ago
    Philip Johnson remarked ‘modernism interested me because it was reproducible’. Like any system or language, like neo-classicism before it, modernism’s reproducibility is part of its power. It produces an idea of universality, a totality of a logic played out in space and programme.
    Ekaterina Aksarinahas quoted7 years ago
    every architectural decision is both a permission — in this case a programme and piece of urban fabric that allows certain things to happen — and a prohibition — the curtailing of any other possibilities of that site.
    Ekaterina Aksarinahas quoted7 years ago
    ‘Love in the cathedral’, as Bernard Tschumi once told us, ‘differs from love in the street’. It differs because architecture makes the distinction between the two different types of space, setting out what is permitted or prohibited in either. Architecture organises space into discrete categories, distinct uses, particular forms of ownership. Its practical arrangement of programme into adjacencies and hierarchies at the scale of city and building arrange the ways in which we occupy these spaces.
    Ekaterina Aksarinahas quoted7 years ago
    All art is, in this sense, abstract — an idea of reality hosted within a distinct frame. But architecture operates in the realm of the real, in an unmediated manner.
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