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« On ne peut parler d’architecture que lorsque l’architecte, le maçon et l’occupant sont une unité, c’est-à-dire une seule et même personne. Tout le reste n’est pas de l’architecture, ce n’est qu’une action criminelle devenue forme. L’homme doit retrouver la fonction critique et créatrice qu’il a perdue et sans laquelle il cesse d’exister en tant qu’homme !... Pour sauver l’architecture fonctionnelle de la ruine morale, il faudra répandre sur les parois de verre propres et les surfaces lisses de béton un produit de décomposition afin que le champignon de la moisissure puisse s’y fixer. Et c’est seulement à la suite de la moisissure créative dont nous avons beaucoup à apprendre que naîtra une architecture nouvelle et merveilleuse ».

Friendensreich Hundertwasser, « Manifeste de la moisissure contre le rationalisme en architecture ».

"We can only speak of architecture when the architect, the mason and the occupant are a unit, that is to say one and the same person. Everything else is not architecture, it is only a criminal action that has become form. Man must regain the critical and creative function that he has lost and without which he ceases to exist as a man ! In order to save functional architecture from moral ruin, it will be necessary to spread a decomposition product on clean glass walls and smooth concrete surfaces so that the fungus of mould can settle in. And it is only as a result of the creative mould, from which we have much to learn, that new and wonderful architecture will be born".

Friendensreich Hundertwasser, "Mould Manifesto against Rationalism in Architecture".

Nicolas Abdelkader - Art - Design - Architecture

A new era

For a post-capitalist architecture?

2020

What is the commonality between :

  • The "natural death" of 2700 migrant workers on construction sites in Qatar.

  • A golden palace at €2.35 billion for French justice.

  • Giant airport erected to the glory of the authoritarianism of the Chinese Communist Party.

  • An apartment rented 10000$ per month in Manhattan.

  • The construction of a foundation dedicated to luxury at 114285€ per square meter in Paris.

  • A Californian headquarters visible from the stratosphere.

  • And a construction sector responsible for 40% of the world's CO2 emissions?

 

This list is not exhaustive, but let's leave this question open for a little while, we will come back to it a little later.

Because for the moment, if frugality were an Olympic discipline and if the world of contemporary architecture were a nation, the latter, although accustomed to competitions, would certainly not be invited to compete, we could read in the verdict of the said rejection: « still too harmful influence on society ».

But the architectural community would not be the only one to be refused access to compete.

The Olympic Committee would also reject the applications of a majority of actors at the helm of the construction sector, those responsible for public and institutional policies, the financial community, real estate development, industrial lobbies, communicators, etc. The Olympic Committee would also reject the applications of a majority of actors in the construction sector, those responsible for public and institutional policies, the financial community, real estate development, industrial lobbies, communicators, etc.

All of these people would probably not have the opportunity to brandish the flame in an excited stadium, at least not yet and not in the current state of affairs.

But why on earth this subliminal image?