“not in the object, but in the performance”

A traveling exhibition called Architecture of Consequence opens in Mumbai today, kicking off with a series of events moderated by Mark Wigley, dean of Columbia University’s GSAPP, and Ole Bouman, director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute.

THe exhibition is based on the book Architecture of Consequence: Dutch Designs on the Future, edited by Ole Bouman. Divided into thematic clusters—Food, Health, Energy, Space, Time, Social Cohesion, and Value Creation—the book attempts to apply architectural thinking to what Bouman refers to as “the crisis.”

“Conjure up images of the crisis,” he writes, “and what you see is architecture: jammed roads, packed airports, automated transshipment centers, vast cowsheds, battery farms for pigs and chickens, meat factories, fast food outlets, shopping malls, hypermarkets and quarantine zones, worldwide material transportation, urban sprawl, condominium cities in the desert of Arizona, no-go areas and security walls, abandoned homes in ghost towns like Detroit or Sesena Nuevo.”

For architects, Bouman suggests, “the crisis” is simply “too valuable an opportunity to let slip by, a chance to turn back to where architecture starts, in the creative spatial organization of life—not in style choices or concept analyses, but in the identification of new spatial constellations; not in the spatial allocation and accommodation of a given program, but in helping to create a spatial organization for multiple programs; not in making things in space, but in organizing processes in time; in short, not in the object, but in the performance.

Reposted from BLDGBLG