Function imprints matter
Function has been at the heart of 20th century architectural debates. Valued by the CIAM architects, then discredited in favor of notions such as the event, the freespace, and the sign or symbol. Solidity (firmitas), the third pole of the vitruvian triad with utility (utilitas) and beauty (venustas), has remained the great forgotten of these controversies.
The anarchitecture to Come
It is vital to look back on Gordon Matta-Clark’s work, among other reasons, to highlight little-known facets of a shape-shifting oeuvre. The exhibition “Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect”, and the accompanying catalogue, do so by revealing Matta-Clark as truly engaged in his era, concerned with the nameless, the have-nots of his time
Architecture of the Ground
There is a striking paradox in the fact that, from that which is called architecture, commonly designing the world of buildings, the ground is excluded, in that the very area in which man has produced the most architecture – one could say that man has most “architectured” – in the course of his history, is precisely the ground itself.
Meanwhile… On uchronia in architecture
The objective of TVK’s research is to grapple with the complexity and paradoxical character of the contemporary city, to pursue its construction in a time that would be on the one hand continuous—a set of rules that would transcend the contextual and contingent real (an utopia?)—and on the other hand, discontinuous, which, conceived in “seasons”, allows the project to always happen without linearity or certainty (an uchronia?). As such there is forged their concept of “screenwriting” (scénarisation), of urban design in particular and architecture in general.
The infrastructure clarifies the intermediate city
Faced with this fact, one strategy is possible: a “weak points” method, which would ‘tackle’ the little things, the weak points of the road system, and echo the increased importance of “weak signals”, in terms of mobility practices.
Like an Adolescent City
It is possible to see the construction of Thiers’s city wall in 1845 as the starting point of the modern adventure for Paris and the beginning of the building of the Parisian metropolis. Originally, the military rampart was a wall in the midst of fields, but one which founded a new city and an administrative boundary which today still defines an inside and an outside, a centre and a periphery…