Just an interesting excerpt I read while doing research for the blog. From the Essay “The Challenge of Landscape Urbanism”
If there is to be a ‘new urbanism’, it will not be based on the twin fantasies of order and omnipotence; it will be the staging of uncertainty; it will no longer be concerned with the arrangement of more or less permanent objects, but with the irrigation of territories with potential; it will no longer aim for stable configurations, but for the creation of enabling fields that accommodate processes that refuse to be crystallized into definitive form; it will no longer be about meticulous definition, the imposition of limits, but about expanding notions, denying boundaries, not about separation and identifying entities, but about discovering unnamable hybrids; it will no longer be obsessed with city, but with the manipulation of infrastructure for endless intensification and diversifications of psychological space.
– Rem Koolhass, from S, M, L, XL (1995)
A little preachy (although I guess you get to preach if you’re Koolhass), but still a really interesting point and challenge within the profession. What do you think?