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Wall / Rem Koolhaas, Irma Boom

By: Koolhaas, Rem, 1944-.
Contributor(s): Boom, Irma, 1960-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Elements of architecture ; 2.Publisher: Venecia : Marsilio, 2014Description: 120 p. : il. col., planos ; 19 cm.ISBN: 9788831720199 (obra completa); 9788891012999 .Subject(s): Paredes | Historia | ArquitecturaDDC classification: 721 Online resources: Ver vista previa Summary: Walls provide structure and divide space: the load-bearing wall, separating roof from ground, and the contingent partition wall, organizing movement within the resulting container. The former is seemingly as stable as the human need for shelter; the latter as changeable as our forms of sociability… the partition is now in the ascendency … With the advance of technology, the wall, no matter how temporary of flimsy, becomes permeated with wiring and plumbing, insulation and acoustic engineering, fire protection technology and sensorts - even as outwardly it becomes increasingly bare, minimal, even transparent… Seen in time-lapse, the history of the world/s architectural plans would be the history of changing forms of civilization, as new segmentation of spaces is demanded by new forms of society. The single-cell house, with occupants huddled in shared space, gives way to ever more complex configurations of boxes within boxes, increasing standards of modesty and individualism demand new walls around new bedrooms; then the demand for open space, flexibility, and flow amounts to a declaration of war on the wall.
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