Rem Koolhas on "junkspace"
Some random excerpts of text by Rem Koolhas on "junkspace" that I liked:
"Junkspace seems an aberration, but it is essence, the main thing... product of the encounter between escalator and air conditioning, conceived in an incubator of sheetrock (all three missing from the history books). Continuity is the essence of Junkspace; it exploits any invention that enables expansion, deploys the infrastructure of seamlessness: escalator, air conditioning, sprinkler, fire shutter, hot-air curtain... (...) 13% of all Junkspace's iconography goes back to the Romans, 8% Bauhaus, 7% Disney - neck and neck - 3% Art Nouveau, followed closely by Mayan... (...) Patterns imply repetition or ultimately decipherable rules; Junkspace is beyond measure, beyond code... Because it cannot be grasped, Junkspace cannot be remembered. It is flamboyant yet unmemorable, like a screensaver; its refusal to freeze insures instant amnesia. (...) Junkspace sheds architectures like a reptile sheds skins, is reborn every Monday morning. (...) Like radioactive waste, Junkspace has an invidious half-life. Aging in Junkspace is nonexistent or catastrophic;"
Why do I blog this? beyond my fascination for junkspaces and dirty area, I find Koolhas' description very evocative about the implications of junk. In a sense, it shows how seamlessness is distant.