BB2040 - Speculations! Series
Which infrastructure do we have to give up, do we want to keep, adapt or create new?
"Whenever architects consider how infrastructural organizations that extend beyond buildings should function, it tends to become - to avoid the term fascism - totalitarian. A large part of modernist criticism flirts with this fact. As there is not just one modernity, but many modernities, there are also numerous projects that are at least emancipatory motivated. These ideas partly originate from the thinking of unexpected protagonists. As the reconstruction commissioner of the US military government of Germany, Walter Gropius, for example, proposed a network of completely newly built cities, none of which should have more than 8000 inhabitants. These cities were grouped around a town hall, which was to be not only their cultural center, but also the place where grassroots democratic processes should be negotiated. The decisions made there would then have been carried by delegates directly to the political meta-level. This typology may originally come from the far more radical Bruno Taut, but as a multipurpose hall - without its political significance - it has found its way into the canon of standard urban building blocks in West German cities. Hans Scharoun's proposals for the reconstruction of Berlin comes from the same corner. The most important infrastructure we must deal with is that of a common vision of the future. If we succeed in establishing such a vision, we will be able to ask it on a case-by-case basis how to deal with infrastructures."
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