The Evening of ... Bert Mulder
The Evening of ... Bert Mulder at DEAF96 had as its them 'The Generic City'.
Technology clearly influences the design and realization of architecture. The building process becomes ever more structured, subdivided in technological procedures that are constructed as modules. This often results in uniformity in our living and working environment. Architect Rem Koolhaas is not convinced that this is a negative development: People can inhabit anything. And they can be miserable in anything and ecstatic in anything (Wired 4.07).
In his "Evening of..." program, Bert Mulder highlighted the "generic city", the city that didn't grow organically but that is constructed from pre-planned modules. He also discussed the plan to build a replica of Singapore in China. A film clip from Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, USA 1983) illustrated the disrupted harmony of the world. Mulder discussed the arguments of Koolhaas and of marketing phenomenon Benetton and reflected on the meaning of the "make-able" world for our house - the Home - and for ourselves - the Me.