Principles before the Road:
1) The road creates ultimate homogeneity
through ultimate heterogeneity.
2) The road is a melting pot rather than a salad bowl.
3) If you mix all colours at once, what you get – fantastically – is brown.
4) “Chaos is the basic prerequisite of today’s city”, “I would like the houses
I design to stand forever on this earth.”, “I intend to devote myself to attempting
to inscribe eternity within spaces.” –Kazuo Shinohara
5) The monolithic presence of one kind of architecture stems from the existence
of only one kind of man, one kind of humanity. The question:
6) *How can ultimate homogeneity be extracted from ultimate heteregeneity?*
7) By shrinking. By washing. By lawmaking. By the state.
8) How can the road create ultimate homongeneity from the places
it traverses, which are today designated as ultimately heterogenic?
9) In design, we arrive at the same conclusions by employing the same methods.
In analytic science, we seem to arrive at aboslutely different conclusions.
10) By systematising, organising, ordering, collecting, cataloguing.
11) By being autistic.
12) The whole creates harmony for that child;
that which wasn’t in order could not be understood, and
indeed, that which is chaotic is *intriguing*, but not real.
13) Once all airport terminals were the same. You could fly from N.Y. to Paris
to Shanghai to Tokyo, and never feel as if you’ve left your very own Robin Hood Gardens.
14) Homogeneity: (noun) uniformity – agreement, analogy, congruity
correlation, identity, oneness, sameness, similitude.
15) Heterogeneity: (noun) variety – array, assortment, change, collection, combo
conglomeration, departure, discrepancy, disparateness, divergency, diverseness
diversification, diversity, fluctuation, incongruity, intermixture, medley.
16) Homogeneity: “composition from like parts, elements, or characteristics.”
17) Heterogeneity: “composition from dissimilar parts; disparateness.”
18) By controlling the colours of the parasols erected on the city square.
19) By controlling the design of the anxious smalltown pavement signs.
20) In a way, it’s still 4th year all over again …
21) Paint all the houses white. Serve all the chickens for the same price.
22) Homogeneity does not work on the market, for that market requires significance
that is, an identity favourable to the buyer. Homogeneity is therefore anti-capitalist.
23) Homogenous Tokyo – a critique and a call for action.
24) Technical solutions (conventions, know-how) bring sameness to architecture.
25) Same shed, different signs: capitalism. Different shed, same sign: architecture.
26) When you’re a Batovci, you are proud to be a Batovci.
Working on a storyboard of the spreads I want to do for the coming weeks.