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It was a scathing critique at the time it was first published, but now 16 years later, it can only be seen as a prophecy. A siren call fully actualized. Koolhaas was far ahead of his time when he wrote this in What should have been a wake up call has merely languished.
I myself was at the GSD then and had no awareness of what Koolhaas was doing or thinking. I stumbled upon the essay last year when I was doing my own research. The title alone spoke to me and I found the concept of Junkspace to be the perfect villain and counterpoint for Slow Space. The essay by Koolhaas should be read in it entirety as it can be interpreted in many different ways.
Below is a series of excerpts from the text alternated with my own comments. Architecture disappeared in the 20th century. Because we lost our ability to appreciate, experience and therefore design space. Architects could never explain space; Junkspace is our punishment for their mystifications.
It is the resultant of the image-driven obsession with form. The junk food of architecture, Junkspace is the McMansions, the shopping malls and casinos that are bloated on fillers and chemicals. It is flamboyant yet unmemorable.
Initially exciting but quickly leaves you feeling empty, lost and detached. We are distracted from the essential questions of life — who are you? But now your own architecture is infected, has become equally smooth, all-inclusive, continuous, warped, busy, atrium-ridden…. Junkspace is the dominant paradigm and architects, without protest or criticality, have succumbed. Masterpiece is no longer an inexplicable fluke, a roll of the dice, but a consistent typology: its mission to intimidate, most of its exterior surfaces bent, huge percentages of its square footage dysfunctional, its centrifugal components barely held together by the pull of the atrium.
The avant-garde and cutting edge have become so commonplace. Every day a new iconic building replaces the last in the world lexicon of architectureporn. Novelty feeds consumption and wastes our resources. Speculation and development provide the world with what people think they want and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Through Junkspace, entertainment organizes hermetic regimes of ultimate exclusion and concentration: concentration gambling, concentration golf, concentration convention, concentration movie, concentration culture, concentration holiday.
The King of Junkspace controls all of these kingdoms — casinos, golf courses, hotels and resorts — and has used entertainment as a means of wielding political force. Thank you so much! Slow Space is Slow Food for the built environment. It is a philosophy, a movement and a way of life that promotes meaning and connection in our world. This blog is a resource and a community for everyone who believes in the power of the built environment to shape our lives.
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In , Venice Biennale curator Rem Koolhaas put a name to the soulless, mallified space that was spreading virus-like across the planet. His rambling, witty essay still serves as a powerful lament for modern architecture. Junkspace is 12 years old. Junkspace is more important than ever. Junkspace is the most important piece of writing on architecture of the 21st century
Rem Koolhaas. Junkspace
After hearing myself speak, i came to the conclusion that I am full of shit. The definition of Junkspace is junkspace itself? Look in your own house or apartment. I'm sure you'll find at least some junkspace. Some initially appealing ideas don't always pan out.
Junkspace and the Death of Architecture: Slow Space Finds its Nemesis
In Rem Koolhaas published an essay called Junkspace. This perspective on the world is paradoxically useful on the very real junkspace that our urban landscape is composed of. From outer space, moving in from the idealised satellite images and utopian city form to the very real, inhabited space of this earth. Everyday city life does not gel together well with any imposed utopian order on it, if an observer looked closely they would find that structure is continuously disrupted. This organic growth and juxtaposition is differentiated from the junkspace Rem Koolhaus outlines.
Rem Koolhaas' theories on Junkspace are the inspiration for, Love At The Mall by Tempers
Read cookies policy. Search es. Rem Koolhaas" album. Seventeen years after publishing his thoughts on 'Junkspace' in October Journal, Rem Koolhaas is seeing his theories reprised through an unexpected medium. The Tempers , the New York-based Synth-pop band, dedicated their latest album to Koolhaas' text in which he defined much of contemporary architectural production and consumption as Junkspace, the "residue mankind leaves on the planet. Love At The Mall feat.