Backstage Views

The Re-Con stage was designed to be viewed straight-on. Like Yamasaki with his monograph, it was arranged in a specific way to exhibit the argument. Similarly presentation drawings and models are often controlled to show the client exactly what the architect wants them to see. Here are a selection of images exploring the stage from views that the audience were never meant to see:

1. The Short-Section

In the short-section everything that can be seen front-on is obscured, obliterating the argument. A series of void spaces come to light. When viewed straight on the void is representing everything that the drawing board is obscuring (“Reality”). The image of this in the imagination is extremely powerful, making it quite surreal that in our immediate reality it is just a void space.

2. Plan View (the anti-yamasaki view)

The ruined plinths take centre stage. Yamasaki would not have liked us to see this one!

3. Window Cleaner View

Looking into the plinth it becomes immediately clear that we are on the plinth – in a sense the script plays backwards. The ruined buildings are not visible, but the disengagement between architecture and public (or Reality) is evident.

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