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    In 2001, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture published the Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping, a slab of graphics and stats describing malls and the mallification of cities and space in general. OMA founder Rem Koolhaas, the seer of Rotterdam, made just one contribution to the Harvard Guide: an essay called Junkspace. In about 7,500 words Koolhaas describes the new kind of space that is advancing over the face of the planet, uniting the shopping mall, the airport, the convention centre, the hotel, the art gallery ­­– uniting everything, in fact, into a seamless, provisional, superficially appetising morass without past or future. This junk space, rather than modern architecture, is the true product of modernisation.

    Rem Koolhaas: Junkspace – Icon Magazine

    Junkspace is what remains after modernization has run his course, or, more precisely, what coagulates while modernization is in progress, its fallout. Modernization had a rational program: to share the blessing of science, universally. Junkspace is its apotheosis, or melt down… Although its individual parts are the outcome of brilliant inventions, lucidly planned by human intelligence, boosted by infinite computation, their sum spell the end of Enlightenment, its resurrection as a farce, a low-grade purgatory…
    Junkspace seem an aberration, but it is the essence, the main thing.

    Junkspace – Rem Koolhaas

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