When the Twin Towers were completed in 1973, the oil crisis of that year rendered them seemingly impotent. The skyscraper ceased to be a symbol of power and business efficiency and became one of waste.
Television meant that you didn’t have to leave the house to be entertained – the remote control meant that you didn’t have to leave the sofa. For our increasingly sedentary, lazy society, the remote holds a promise of the ultimate in convenience – everything within arm’s reach, no effort required.
Urban Think Tank is a group of architects and researchers based in Caracas and New York. The practice spoke to icon about “urban acupuncture” in the slums of developing-world cities, and the exhibition it curated for the Rotterdam biennale.
"It's impossible to look bad in this building," announces UN Studio co-founder Ben van Berkel as he stands at the top of the spectacularly pink stairwell of the Theatre Agora in Lelystad. "Everybody looks good here."
Périphériques designed a music centre in Nancy inspired by a concrete bunker. The Paris-based architecture practice wanted to give the clear impression to local people that L’Autre Canal was an effective soundproof box.