Traditional workplace design has a tendency to overvalue the meeting and undervalue the discussion .
Architecture is merely a representation in the present of the future as potential, yet architecture does not and cannot produce the future itself. To produce architecture is therefore not only the projection of a world but also the design of its production.
How do we beget a future then? One way we can start by rendering the subject through its terms and conditions of embodiment. We can design the contract for tomorrow.
How architecture is manifested is not architecture, but representation. Similarly, what architecture manifests is not architecture, but meaning.
The methodological question for architecture finds no response when asking how it does what it does, but doing so allows us to outline what it is that it does.
KLA: In your comics you always seem to be particularly interested in this infrastructural aspect of urban growth.
TK: Yes, it’s always this silent organizing process, where someone has put together an infrastructure at some point, and we have to deal with it for generations afterwards. Structures are such an important part of our life—much of our life is in where we go, and how we get there. I find some drama in there.
KLA: The structures (urban, infrastructural) that you usually depict are in a way alien beings that people have to inhabit, which feel unnatural, not particularly suited for human beings.
TK: That’s always fascinated me about built environments. They are designed, constructed, and built. Basically they’re unnatural beings, but to the generations that come later they are a new nature. It’s something that preexists, and they have no input whatsoever on it unless they make a strenuous effort to change it in some way. So their strategy has to be to inhabit it somehow—unless, of course, you’re Baron Haussmann or Robert Moses [laughs].
Note: bolds are mine.
The role of the architect as somebody who can actually conceive of alternative scenarios is critical. If we can re-imagine it as something beyond an infrastructural monoculture, we might have a very different and better outcome than what you have right now.
quoted in “Can South America China-ify its Economy Without Destroying The Amazon?”, written by Greg Lindsay for Fast-Coexist.(via urbanlabglobalcities)