Rem Koolhaas Interview in Wired Magazine

Updated on December 31, 2018 in Architecture Rumbling 2019

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An interesting interview:

“People can inhabit anything. And they can be miserable in anything and ecstatic in anything. More and more I think that architecture has nothing to do with it. Of course, that’s both liberating and alarming. But the generic city, the general urban condition, is happening everywhere, and just the fact that it occurs in such enormous quantities must mean that it’s habitable. Architecture can’t do anything that the culture doesn’t. We all complain that we are confronted by urban environments that are completely similar. We say we want to create beauty, identity, quality, singularity. And yet, maybe in truth these cities that we have are desired. Maybe their very characterlessness provides the best context for living.”

And the blaming goes on. This remind me of a chinese proverb – “you’re able to see things that are billion of miles away, but not your very own eyelashes”.

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