Pagi..:) at Candi Borobudur – View on Path.
Fundamentals will be a biennale about architecture, not architects. After several Biennales dedicated to the celebration of the contemporary, Fundamentals will focus on histories – on the inevitable elements of all architecture used by any architect, anywhere, anytime (the door, the floor, the ceiling etc.) and on the evolution of national architectures in the last 100 years. In three complementary manifestations – taking place in the Central Pavilion, the Arsenale, and the National Pavilions – this retrospective will generate a fresh understanding of the richness of architecture’s fundamental repertoire, apparently so exhausted today.
In 1914, it made sense to talk about a “Chinese” architecture, a “Swiss” architecture, an “Indian” architecture. One hundred years later, under the influence of wars, diverse political regimes, different states of development, national and international architectural movements, individual talents, friendships, random personal trajectories and technological developments, architectures that were once specific and local have become interchangeable and global. National identity has seemingly been sacrificed to modernity.
Having the decisive advantage of starting work a year earlier than the Biennale’s typical schedule, we hope to use this extra time to introduce a degree of coordination and coherence among the National Pavilions. Ideally, we would want the represented countries to engage a single theme – Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014 – and to show, each in their own way, the process of the erasure of national characteristics in favour of the almost universal adoption of a single modern language in a single repertoire of typologies.
The First World War – the beginning of modern globalization – serves a starting point for the range of narratives. The transition to what seems like a universal architectural language is a more complex process than we typically recognize, involving significant encounters between cultures, technical inventions and imperceptible ways of remaining “national”. In a time of ubiquitous google research and the flattening of cultural memory, it is crucial for the future of architecture to resurrect and expose these narratives.
By telling the history of the last 100 years cumulatively, the exhibitions in the National Pavilions will generate a global overview of architecture’s evolution into a single, modern aesthetic, and at the same time uncover within globalization the survival of unique national features and mentalities that continue to exist and flourish even as international collaboration and exchange intensify.
#barutau tnyt Puspawarna (ketawang) mrupakan lagu perwakilan dari Bumi/Earthlings dlm voyager’s golden records. Voyager’s Golden recrds sendiri mrupakan album kumpulan suara2 yg dihasilkan Bumi/budaya Manusia yg disertakan dlm voyager’s spacecraft, kapal tak berawak yg dikirim ke Alam Semesta utk nantinya ditemukan peradaban lain (jika ada). Klo pun tdk ada, well.., Puspawarna diakui sbg salah satu suara Bumi/Earthlings :)
Nb: Johnny B-Goode nya Chuck Berry jg masuk di Album ini :) – Preview it on Path.
one of my favorite scene from the movie “Big” (1988) ;)
When I was 10, I read the entire book, in a month of Ramazan, usually after sahur :)
Recently I got intrigued by this article; Governor Jokowi enters Jakarta on a wooden horse by Andre Vltchek
I’ll highlight the (what I consider) most shocking statement:
“An industry insider from one of the big car companies in Indonesia, recently told me, that, their head is paying several millions of dollars in annual fees, which could be called retainer fees, to prevent or at least to delay indefinitely, all major public transportation projects in this city. Even as far back as 1992, the payments to the Governor alone amounted to7.76€million.”
And he continued: “The owner of one of the biggest car companies told me: ‘There will be no MRT in Jakarta, ever… until there is total gridlock’….
I’m not being naive here.., I’m absolutely not surprised by this statement, in fact.., I figured this out all along.
the logic is…, what would you do if you’re the head of the biggest car company in the world? you have to make selling to earn profits right? we’re talking about millions of people here…, we’re talking about a state.
so where would you sell it?, definitely you search for country/state which is underdeveloped, where public transportation is still a rarity there. where its citizen yearning for decent transportation. ’They’ attack developing country, where its regulation on public transportation still weak (or still in a ‘bill’ state). Succeed…, they sold millions.
So…the next question is…, what will you do to PRESERVE it, to preserve this juicy investment (creating this yearning for decent transportation). They bought the Government…by deterring the City’s need of decent public transportation.
They (somehow or the other) make the citizen/people still rely on private cars. They know that this (public transportation deferment) can no longer be detain. So they squeeze (and i mean squeeze deep) out the market by selling their cars like there’s no tomorrow.
Now, i dunno how long they’ll squeeze us out. Let’s hope for the best then…
sorry for the lateness, better late than never ;)
mostly big beat and high distortion to keep me on pace ;)
RIP Lebbeus Woods :(
http://lebbeuswoods.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/goodbye-sort-of/ – Read on Path.