Saturday, October 1, 2011

A Chaotic Adventure

Architecture is a hazardous mixture of omnipotence and impotence.
Ostensibly involved in “shaping” the world,
For their thought to be mobilized architects depend on the provocations of the others
—clients, individual, or institutional.
Therefore, incoherence, or more precisely, randomness,
Is the underlying structure of all architect’ careers:
They are confronted with an arbitrary sequence of demands,
With parameters they did not establish,
In countries they hardly know,
About issues they are only dimly aware of,
Expected to deal with problems that have proved intractable to brains vastly superior to their own.
Architecture is by definition a chaotic adventure.

by Rem Koolhaas

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