super architect
February 28, 2014, 12:22 pm
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We used, as architects, to do things for public benefit; now we broadcast the interests of individuals or corporations. This has changed the work, says Koolhaas in the interview below.

How it has changed the work? That’s a big question, but one can make guesses: from heterogenous to sterile, playful to slick? Today people want their new houses to look like hotel interiors. You could do open heart surgery in most contemporary house interiors they’re so white and polished.

And how to move on from the private and corporate place we’re in now? One way is to get rid of the starchitect. Did you ever wonder why J. K. Rowling writes all the books, Steve Jobs makes all the computers, Zaha Hadid designs all the buildings? It’s a bad system when so much work is generated by so few people. The conversation closes down and stagnates, as Koolhaas – himself a starchitect – notes.

Here is Koolhaas:

The profession has an investment in the idea that the architect has superhuman powers. It is totally counterproductive, because it cuts off any real communication between the architect and the public. When we put ourselves on a pedestal it makes any engagement with other aspects of the profession almost impossible. Since I am interested in communication and I write, I like to understand what the real issues are, and what the changing conditions are.
In the ’60s and ’70s the public sector was very strong, but in recent decades that has given way to various forms of market economy. This has enormously changed the conditions in which architecture can be produced. In the first instance, the architect was expected to do things for the public benefit. Now we are expected to broadcast the interests of individuals or corporations. So, although we still maintain the core values and ambitions of what architecture can do, this change has radically transformed the architect’s work.

Batik, Biennale and the Death of the Skyscraper, Interview with Rem Koolhaas, 19 February 2014 | By Andrew Mackenzie

private fish bliss
April 7, 2008, 4:35 am
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For your edification, the following brings to light the horrors of the public trout stream and the glories of the private one.  All hammed up with trade mark speak.  Principally, and without principal, they’re selling history! excitement! exclusivity! reward!

It (the private stream) is a neutered place where the unpredictability of nature is removed like a used … kidney.  Anyway, something that’s vital to life.  It’s propped up to fulfill wild dreams for the emotionally stunted.  And it is equipped to help you distinguish between your own kind and ‘random people,’ specifically invading random people.  If they start marauding we’re in trouble.  Damn, fishin’s complicated.

When you step into a Big Springs Signature Trout Stream you’re stepping into an experience steeped in time. Cast a fly into the pristine stream and hook one of our premium reserve trout – one and half to seven plus years in the growing – or, if the time is right, you might just tie into one of our ultimate trophy trout – five to seven plus years in the making. That’s real excitement since less than .2 % of half-million+/- trout hatched make it to the hierarchy status of ultimate trophy trout.

Because “good things take time” only a few elite anglers will have the opportunity to fly-fish for our premium reserve trout. Imagine the joy of fighting one of these coveted trout and the indelible impression the experience will leave on those you invite to cast a fly with you on your private Big Springs Signature Trout Stream.

Just how exclusive is a Big Springs Signature Trout Stream? Trout stream properties are some of the rarest properties in the world. The majority of trout streams are managed by the state in which they reside. You may have spent millions for a piece of fly-fishing heaven but issues with state management or funding may mean you have limited to no control of your trout stream. With a Big Springs Signature Trout Stream you have control of your stream’s future without having to be involved in state bureaucracy. While owning one of our private signature streams has many benefits, the single biggest has to be that the section of stream on your property is exclusively yours. You don’t have to worry about public waterways that allow random people to fish your stream and invade your privacy. Now, that’s truly exclusive!

-Signature Trout Stream website