Artificialisation, simultaneity, dynamism, evanescene, instability, dispersion: these are a few of the many variables that we today sense as characteristics associated with what we might call "conditions of our environment". These conditions of change are related to the transformation of new scenarios, but also to the transformations that may be glimpsed in behaviours sensitive to the current superposition and heterogeneity of social, cultral and spatial realities; conditions which allude to a diffuse and paradoxical time coexistences and interlinks, of relationships and alienations, of mixtures and slippages between the universal and the particular, the substantial and the anecdotal, the domestic and the collective, the local and the global- between the routine and the extraordinary, in sum- that trends increasingly to articulate situations and experiences, inherent and removed, and to which contribute decisively the prominent role of the new technologies, informatics and telematics, and of the realms of movement and communication, in current life at work and in home.
Events Produced in situations of collision and displacement. Of crossing and intersection. Criss-Crossing
via the metropolis dictionary of advanced architecture
01 September 2010
When Somebody says: Ornament is Crime
Ornament and Crime is an essay written in 1908 by the influential and self-consciously "modern" Austrian architect Adolf Loos under the German title Ornament und Verbrechen. It was under this challenging title that in 1913 the essay was translated intoEnglish: "The evolution of culture marches with the elimination of ornament from useful objects", Loos proclaimed, thus linking the optimistic sense of the linear and upward progress of cultures with the contemporary vogue for applying evolution to cultural contexts. (via wikipedia)