Bigness or the problem of Large Rem Koolhaas.Small, Medium, Large, Extra-Large. Monacelli Press,New York, 1995.
Beyond a certain scale, architecture acquires the proper-ties o Bigness. Te best reason to broach Bigness is theone given by climbers o Mount Everest: “because it isthere.”; Bigness is ultimate architecture.It seems incredible that the size o a building aloneembodies an ideological program, independent o thewill o its architects. O all possible categories, Bignessdoes not seem to deserve a maniesto; discredited as anintelleclual problem, it is apparently on its way to extinc-tion - like the dinosaur-through clumsiness, slowness,inexibility, diculty. But in act, only Bigness instigatesthe regime o complexity that mobilizes the ull intelli-gence o architecture and its related elds.One hundred years ago, a generation o conceptualbreakthroughs and supporting technologies unleashedan architectural Big Bang. By randomizing circulation,short-circuiting distance, articializing interiors, reduc-ing mass, stretching climensions, and accelerating con-struction, the elevator, electricity, air- conditioning, steel,and nally? the new inrastructures ormes a cluster o