New Materiality I

New materiality Series

New Materiality I

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ISSN 1132-6409

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ARTICLES
JAVIER MOZAS

...According to Mies, only if materials are used in their true essence can architecture be saved from the idolatry of the object. Just as Cicero’s writings led St. Augustine to study philosophy, St. Augustine’s guided Mies in his quest for truth.
In the Students’ Center of the IIT, Rem Koolhaas has hacked off the rosy cheeks of Mies, soiling the candor of Augustinian truth with abject materials. In an interview he states that here he doesn’t use a wide range of materials. In the end, he says, he uses a limited palette, just like Mies...

AARON BETSKY

...The new Student Center at the Illinois Institute of Technology marks the transition from the era of “God is in the detail” to that of “No money, no details”
It is, in fact, all about movement and information, and thus by its very necessity not about construction, materials and place. Koolhaas is preparing a new kind of architecture for a world in which the substantial and the historic no longer guarantees authenticity or meaning...

REM KOOLHAAS

...I do not respect Mies, I love Mies.
I have studied Mies, excavated Mies, reassembled Mies. I have even cleaned Mies.
Because I do not revere Mies, I’m at odds with his admirers...

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