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Lucille Ball. who walk between the layers of the wall in Wim Wenders' latest film. NAME-DROP Marvin. Lil. along with John. WillgJ of Des ire.-: windingly float over the "no-man'sland.IIIe and would she have been Rose if her name had not been Rose. Here I had paid perfectly good money a whole $70 worth-to have my name legally changed and nobody wanted 10 call me by it NAME~ And then there was Rose. and that got on my nerves. He took to naming anticyclones after people he liked and low-pressure systems after people. John. Stefanic Powers. ha everyw is on its of the u Moderr into qu: been a j IN MY NAME WmiOUT ME KNOWING. Cary Grant. and the "death strip:' a foreshadow of the angels Daniel and Cassiel. James Stewart. Robert Wagner. Rose was her IllI. Dolly Parton. does not do things. one of the richest men in the world. Obviously it would be something very simple . TV and politics. and to guest at the ball he had flown in some of the biggest names in films. the exact description of the form of a cloudShe wanted an assurance" a statement. that he disliked. Lee Majors. but they didn't want to accept Elvis. James. Henry Kissinger and ex-president Gerald Ford were just some of the famous faces on the glittering dais. NAMELESS) It is hard to tell you what it was precisely she wanted to wrest from me. NAME4 The practice of identify ing h urncanes by giving them individual names was initiated in Australia in the early 19008 by Clement Wragge. Diana Ross. NAMEl They caned me Lilly. aesthet tomaki :1 of a nethis fia: of mod What 11 archireand apl agenclE logistic Thepn lose to 960 . NAME] PLEASE DON'T SEND LETfERS This eel quanut'" In spite ism has I ~ demanc Lagost has dou stagger Row to sion. Merv Griffin. by halves. Lillian." the" wall. Kathleen Beller and Michael Nader (two new Iaces on "Dynasty") and me. for instance. She used to think and then she used to think again. Raquel Welch.the simplest impossibility in the world. a promise. as. an explanaticn= l don't know how to call it. notably politicians. Linda. the thing has no name.
to transform quantity into quality through abstraction and repetition . a hoax: magic that didn't work. has disappeared at the moment when urbanization everywhere . The professionals of the city are like chess players who lose to computers.has been a failure. In spite of its early promise.This century has been a losing battle with the issue of quantity. In 20 years. its frequent bravery. Together. as a profession. How to explain the paradox that urbanism. What makes this experience disconcerting and (for architects) humiliating is the city's defiant persistence and apparent vigor.after decades of constant accelerationis on its way to establishing a definitive. Its ideas. Istanbul has doubled from 6 to 12.creatively. A perverse automatic pilot constantly 961 . strategies are finished. China prepares for even more staggering multiplications. urbanism has been unable to invent and implement at the scale demanded by its apocalyptic demographics. politically. logistically. in spite of the collective failure of all agencies that act on it or try to influence it . aesthetics. all attempts to make a new beginning have only discredited the idea of a new beginning. Lagos has grown from 2 to 7 to 12 to 15 million. global "triumph" of the urban condition? Modernism's alchemistic promise . A collective shame in the wake of this fiasco has left a massive crater in our understanding of modernity and modernization.
NERVE Why do we have a mind. NEUTRAL There is no neutral surface.ITY No part of the text should be delivered with any special emotion. it looks like a cave. tOT us ears those of a porcupine. on the . smooth. no neutral discour se. irregular. the illegibility of the for rns: look down someone's throat. for its nose that of a greyhound. I'm a specialist I want to keep you pure and her nameless.EDL. no neutral form. the temples of an old cock. I know. NATURAL If. beyom condit urevoc For url the cla N.ES The Needles make up one long.ERVED Our hearts pound with fresh blood and emotion and again we find OU!selves standing there all nerved up in body and mind. you wish to make one of your imaginary animals appear natural ~ let us suppose it to be a dragon-> take for its head that of a mastiff or setter fOI its eyes those of a cat. asymmetrical. The outsideand in have become interchangeable. if notto OUI own way'! get outwit ambiti asserti steers disaste blanke Even a obvior guard. horizontal image of strange phallic shapes" reaching up at the sky. NE. eerie. NARCISSISM In literature.NAMEL. and the neck of a water tortoise. but it's always a boulder that won't let you pass. JuS! the emotion aroused by the unveiling of the words NEWl How ale we to see the problem of elevationalneatments in the 1ighr of the new building materials? NEW' Call Cosmetic Surgery Help You'! Try your new nose today! Try your new face today! Send this coupon today I 962 trnpos: rnome: now sl medici The tn reduce Dissat: to the.ESS2 A name can evoke everything and nothing. No gestures either. willl eyebrows of a lion. mome: most iJ urbani condit: exists. NEUTRAL. indeed" even the great criminal and the humorist comply our interest by the narcissistic sel f importance with which they manage to keep at arm's length everything which would diminish the importance of their ego. rugged. 00 neutral theme. therefore. The distance.
fabricationirrevocably leads via nostalgia to irrelevance. it has. steers it implacably further on its flight forward. For urbanists. rules. Even as the apotheosis of urbanization is glaringly obvious and mathematically inevitable. disqualification.outwits all attempts at capturing the city. "The" city no longer exists. each insistence on its primordial condition .architecture and urbanism. Dissatisfaction with the contemporary city has not led to the development of a credible alternative. a chain of rearguard. fatal moment of disconnection. As the concept of city is distorted and stretched beyond precedent. Pervasive urbanization has modified the urban condition itself beyond recognition. exhausts all ambitions of its definition. on the contrary. Each disaster foretold is somehow absorbed under the infinite blanketing of the urban. inspired only more refined ways of 963 .in terms of images. escapist actions and positions postpones the final moment of reckoning for the two professions formerly most implicated in making cities . ridicules the most passionate assertions of its present failure and future impossibility. The transition from a former position of power to a reduced station of relative humility is hard to perform. They are now specialists in phantom pain: doctors discussing the medical intricacies of an amputated limb. the belated rediscovery of the virtues of the classical city at the moment of their definitive impossibility may have been the point of no return.
unusual trendy restaurants. What fascinated me about New York was that in the twenties and thirties.EW YORI.R NIGHTCAP From the stairwell came the sound. We have bound yOUJ enemies upstairs hand and foot You are free. hollow laughter.' "Egeldonk" were the barbaric names of the nightmares LO which architects. buildings like Rockefeller Center were as revolutionary as the architecture in Europe. NICE. of rather beautiful singing A Welsh guest. it's best 10 avoid them ar night Northern parts of Manhattan.(l Ten years ago. and great buys in lighting and kitchen equipment However. 1 wrote a book about New York which was an investigation into another kind of moderni Iynot the European modernity of the twenties and thirties which CODsisted of a dream that was not realized. very drunk. braked in time and moved out of his way. The people who held you are captives themselves We heard you crying and we came to deliver you. articuli fantasii involve conceit realign ence.N. come out You are free. in my eyes. even in the Waldorf NON-CAPTIVE Whoever you are. but built. and all NOMAiD I can't feel pity for you in Manhattan's grid: a good nomadcarries his identity on his back. is that j I presents a modernity that is not alienated from the population bUI is in fact. with. Next lime I may 1101 be so nice. and maybe more important-popular. wherever he is. Perhaps J may Dot be able to blake in time Buildings under construction look nicer than buildings finished. was wishing everyone goodnight from s( Becaus tion eVI demog: temptii of urbe longer and rei Sous It initiall for the paralle awefo NI'GHTMARES "Grunder:' "FIeerde. populistic.fI NEW YORI(2 The other areas of Manhattan such as Lowe. So New York's great virtue. realized. NONSTOP Ships ale virtually floating lOSorts. had here given shape project city an field o our CO] mistak cities. are WOIth exploring with an organized lour NICE This time I was nice. Ships DOW have domed indoor/ sabota point v 964 . such as Harlem. East Side and The Bowery offer discount bargains.
infrastructures. we have ridiculed it to the point where entire university departments are closed. partial interventions. and all the other fallout from modernization. caught in the "collective narcissism of a demographic bubble" . Since then. projects. laughing the professional field of urbanism out of existence. its ideology. but will never reestablish control.articulating dissatisfaction. satellite cities. its pretension. succeed in limited terms. la plage (under the pavement. . strategic realignments. highways. After sabotaging urbanism. May '68 launched the idea of a new beginning for the city. begin from scratch even. dismantling it in our contempt for those who planned (and made huge mistakes in planning) airports. developing philosophies. we have been engaged in two parallel operations: documenting our overwhelming awe for the existing city. it is tempting to think that it is responsible for the demise of urbanism .the state of affairs in which cities can no longer be made -paradoxically because it rediscovered and reinvented the city. high-rise buildings. New Towns. compromised positions that might influence. Because the generation of May '68 . and is therefore incapable of conceiving new modesties. beach): initially. its illusions of involvement and control. redirect. at the same time. regroup. A profession persists in its fantasies.the largest generation ever. prototypes for a preserved and reconstituted city and.is now finally in power. Sous Ie pave.
Ecstasy is a Number from t to the j territoi Now v o OBJECTLESSNESS Thus when man. Now the giant Nissin Food Products Co. . spas. nnagtr The de securit OUi plan is to drop a lot of odd objects onto yow: counny from the air And some of these objects will be useful. separately. computer centers with instructors. because their house is so normal. odd 966 more a . observing. NUMBER The pleasure of being in crowds is a mysterious expression of sensual joy ill the multiplication of Number: All is Number Number is in all..outdoor centers for nonstop entertainment. Number is in the individual. Soviet Power is not power. and almost certainly will consume even more in the years ahead Companies keep coming up with easier ways for hunied people [0 eat them. ensnares nature as an area of his own conceiving. he has already been claimed by a way of revealing that challenges him to approach nature as an object of research. to some people. NOT Le futur de I 'architecture arc hi tee tur a L II' est pas relatio we dis: NOVEUA It depends on how you perceive it. has conceived of noodles in self-heating cans that can be raken anywhere. wisdoi we car beRea "Exile. until even the object disappears into the a bj ectl es sn e ss 0 f stand ing. bur a novella. investigating.reser ve archite archite separa exploii OBJECTS' finally . offices Our"s centen maybe simult. and therefore they have to look fa! lovers outside. the couple neve! sit or sleep rogether. NOODLES The Japanese love noodles. no cooking is necessary. They quarrel standing up. health facilities. then noodles in cups. especially instant noodles that can be heated and slurped down in minutes They bough! $4 billion worth of them last year. Our pr deeply for wh conten NORMAL In this "l101maI" house. It is as if they want to say thai they cannot go on living together. And some will just be . and dancing. dining. and fitness programs. and always leave the house. First came noodles in bags.
cut ourselves off from the operational. separates from the "rest" . Our "sophistication" hides major symptoms of cowardice centered on the simple question of taking positions _. "Exiled to the Virtual World": plot for a horror movie. ever more architecture. and condemned whole populations to the impossibility of encoding civilizations on their territory .the subject of urbanism. The death of urbanism . maybe the most basic action in making the city. We are simultaneously dogmatic and evasive.offices bankrupted. only architecture. limits. Now we are left with a world without urbanism. Through our hypocritical relationship with power _ contemptuous yet covetous _ we dismantled an entire discipline.our refuge in the parasitic security of architecture .but it also consumes. Our present relationship with the "crisis" of the city is deeply ambiguous: we still blame others for a situation for which both our incurable utopianism and our contempt are responsible. Our amalgamated wisdom can be easily caricatured: according to Derrida we cannot be Whole. it defines. excludes. and that only the specific imagination of urbanism can invent and renew. according to Virilio we cannot be There. bureaucracies fired or privatized.creates an immanent disaster: more and more substance is grafted on starving roots. It exploits and exhausts the potentials that can be generated finally only by urbanism. according to Baudrillard we cannot be Real. 967 . The neatness of architecture is its seduction.
dogs. The weight and moment of those . I don't know most of them Slash and I sic on the couch and watch her open her presents: the gift [10m us of a Godzilla lighter (flames shoot out of Godzilla 's mouth). imperfect. l\ Iat ge bl ack plasti c object witha pink pyramid-shaped covel (possibly made by the Memphis Design Collective) which might be a breadbox OI an ice bucket. There ale fifteen or twenty people in the room.ky helmet of flexible foam" Dalia puts iton.l~ In our m the aesth sense ch. a tenpound bag of Eukanuba health food fOJ:. a cas sene tape of Teenage Jesus and the .r erks. -1 OBLIGATION What matters is nor that people believe the rhetot ic bUI that they feel obliged to repeat it OBLIGATIONS For a long time I stayed away from the Acropolis. a silk survival map of the Arctic Circle.OBJECTS2 It's Dalia's thir teenth birthday party. It daunted me. blaring. somethir thing tha legitimat subject a of those I If there i the twin staging c the arran with the longer ai of enabli to be cry about me about eX1 separatin unnamea city but \ intensific utions->: urban is I the "new.a sp i. not be ab Since it i major vel . a glue gun. a book about wrestling: and a Statue of Li berry hat . that somber rock" I preferred to wander in [he modern city. a record of Maria Callas singing "Norma".
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 is something that infiltrates. sense chaos is what happens when nothing happens. but about discovering unnameable hybrids. it will be the staging of uncertainty.In our more permissive moments. it will no longer be obsessed with the city but with the manipulation of infrastructure for endless intensifications and diversifications." It will not be about the civilized.. If there is to be a "new urbanism" it will not be based on the twin fantasies of order and omnipotence. it will no longer be about meticulous definition. not about separating and identifying entities. but about underdevelopment. shortcuts and redistributions _ the reinvention of psychological space. but about expanding notions. and fail. urbani SIn will never again be about the "new. But in the technical . it will no longer be concerned with the arrangement of more or less permanent objects but with the irrigation of territories with potential. The only legitimate relationship that architects can have with the subject of chaos is to take their rightful place in the army of those devoted to resist it. Since it is out of control. it cannot be fabricated. denying boundaries. urbanism will 969 . Redefined. the imposition of limits. we have surrendered to the aesthetics of chaos _ "our" chaos. Since the urban is now pervasive. the urban is about to become a major vector of the imagination. not something that can be engineered or embraced.' only about the "more" and the "modified.
dignity. joy or ~OH More' Used to express amazement. they were able to build another one older than the first. It's what we've rescued from the madness. the moderne and streamlined. surprise 970 . kerbs which arc too sleep or badly located. What: redefii but as OLD. So much convllIges there. rnaking access across a public concourse impossible under certain weather conditions. a1 sand ( away. pedes tri a n is aIion schemes which do not allow disabled access. These include: rough pavements. and one-way systems which take the traffic away hom shops and city cen tres tectun unden preocr traditi The se appor to irna insane OCCUPATIONl An elephant spends eighteen hours QU! of twenty-four in search of the three to five bundled pounds of vegeration and twenty-five to fifty gallons we haand ri• gas/ox we an: of water it requires daily OCCUPATION2 This is definitely a full-time occu- pation ODOR In a la The odor of "good taste' can often be dispelled by tbe introducf on of "meaning.ER They had taken out such a. poorly positioned street furniture. wind tunnels caused by the design and shape of buildings. proportion. To sur OBLIVIOUS Whal I Iike in Bataille's description of the Place de In Cencorde is that he always insists on the fact that people drive their cars around it without noticing iL Libert as a w OBSOLETE No man wants to be told what they're wearing is obsolete next season It's like making fun of them. poorly positioned cal parks and parking spaces designated fOI th e disabled.' as long as meaning is retrieved from formerly unacceprable sources (the archaic. order. Beauty. good insurance policy that when their house ill the country burnt down. There are obi igations attached to such a visit not an mg.worked stones promised to make the business of seeing them a G-OIDplicated one. OBSTACLES There are also many intervening obstacles built into townscapes by local authorities and developers. and the more domestic forms 01 the inept) nence of our Gay S.
Since we are not responsible. we have to become irresponsible. smoke out its practitioners.001 other concepts of city. invade its trenches. become a Gay Science -Lite Urbanism. but a way of thinking. we have to take insane risks. The seeming failure of the urban offers an exceptional opportunity. the city is all we have. ridicule its preoccupations with matter and substance. or mostly.not only. 1994 971 . What if we simply declare that there is no crisisredefine our relationship with the city not as its makers but as its mere subjects. We were making sand castles. urbanism will have to imagine a new newness. a pretext for Nietzschean frivolity. urbanism redefined as a way of operating on the inevitable will attack architecture. drive it from its bastions. undermine its certainties. an ideology: to accept what exists. To survive. explode its limits. We have to imagine 1. we have to dare to be utterly uncritical. The certainty of failure has to be our laughing gas/oxygen. Now we swim in the sea that swept them away. we have to swallow deeply and bestow forgiveness left and right. be a profession. In a landscape of increasing expediency and impermanence' urbanism no longer is or has to be the most solemn of our decisions. as its supporters? More than ever. destroy its traditions. Liberated from its atavistic duties. urbanism can lighten up. modernization our most potent drug.
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