Visionary Urban Planning For The Future Of Humanity
Posted by voidmanufacturing on August 15, 2008
“Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.” – Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe
The cities will be part of the country; I shall live thirty miles from my office in one direction, under a pine tree; my secretary will live thirty miles away from it too, in the other direction, under another pine tree. We shall both have our own car.
We shall use up tires, wear out road surfaces and gears, consume oil and gasoline. All of which will necessitate a great deal of work…
enough for all.
-Le Corbusier, The Radiant City (1967)
“People can inhabit anything. And they can be miserable in anything and ecstatic in anything. More and more I think that architecture has nothing to do with it. Of course, that’s both liberating and alarming. But the generic city, the general urban condition, is happening everywhere, and just the fact that it occurs in such enormous quantities must mean that it’s habitable. Architecture can’t do anything that the culture doesn’t. We all complain that we are confronted by urban environments that are completely similar. We say we want to create beauty, identity, quality, singularity. And yet, maybe in truth these cities that we have are desired. Maybe their very characterlessness provides the best context for living.” —Rem Koohaas interview in Wired magazine 4.07, July 1996 
“To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.” – Le Corbusier
“You’ve got to bumble forward into the unknown.” –Frank Gehry
“I hear the ruin of all space, shattered glass and toppling masonry.” – James Joyce