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Architecture, Capitalism and Criticality
Architecture, capitalism and criticality
Ole W.Fischer
On the Impossibility of Being ‘Critical’

In 1994, at the ANY conference in Montréal, Rem Koolhaas raised fundamental doubts about the critical potential of architecture as a discipline: ‘The problem with the prevailing discourse of architectural criticism is this inability to recognize that there is in the deepest motivations of architecture something that cannot be critical’ (cited in Kapusta 1994). This statement, a short objection against the concept of autonomous architecture and against theory as a form of intellectual resistance could be seen as a prelude of the realist cynicism of S, M, L, XL (Koolhaas and Mau 1995) and the subsequent publications of OMA – if it would not have triggered an ongoing debate on the disciplinarity ...

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