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Gold leaf


Good to see Rem Koolhaas being awarded the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, though one wonders whether the RIBA will relish all the sage's recent musings on the activities of the profession.Will the citation include Rem's thoughts on 'Junkspace' in his Harvard treatise on shopping? How about this as a preamble to his medal being pinned on:

'It was a mistake to invent modern architecture for the 20th century; architecture disappeared in the 20th century - we have been reading a footnote under a microscope, hoping it would turn into a novel.

. . Architects could never explain space;

junkspace is our punishment for their mystifications. . . Junkspace is like being condemned to a perpetual Jacuzzi with millions of your best friends. . . Junkspace thrives on design, but design dies in Junkspace.There is no form, but proliferation Regurgitation is the new creativity; instead of creation, we honour, cherish and embrace manipulation. . . Junkspace sheds architecture like a reptile sheds skins, reborn every Monday morning.' Just the chap to promote the profession and its activities to a wider world, if you can manage to take comfort from this final blast: 'God is dead, the author is dead, only the architect is left standing. . . an insulting evolutionary joke.The cosmetic is the new cosmic.'

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