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.
The Evening of Bert Mulder (1996) from V2_ on Vimeo.