Re: Learning From Salford

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Posted by  Paul Malo on March 13, 2002 at 09:04:46:

In Reply to:  Re: Learning From Salford posted by Verve on March 13, 2002 at 08:38:14:

Well, here's my diagnosis. Being conventionally modern, the developers and designers thought analytically, by the process of turning words from a "brief" into OJBECTS--material things, like road pavements, concrete sidewalks, buildings, lighting standards. This is just an accretion of stuff--most dumb objects assembled according to some mechanical diagram called a "plan." What's the problem?

The rational planning process that turns words, representing material things, into material things leaves out whatever is not present verbally. Did the brief mention "place," or "space," or other non-material, intangible qualities?

This is not a place, because there is no intentional space making, or spatial definition and containment, or clear edge bounding, to make this place different inside from anyplace outside.

This is, of course, modernism: the making of ANYPLACE, whether a mall in Salford, Chicago, or Mumbai. It's nowhere and anywhere. Global.

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