Rem Koolhaas’ views on urbanism have been taken up as a ‘renewed commitment to the American city’. However, read against the history of the. American. Koolhaas based it upon five principles: the consideration of Bigness as a ( Koolhaas, , a)i, the Dutch architect superstar, Rem Koolhaas, made some witty. Bigness. “By now it is customary to engage the work of Rem Koolhaas in terms of its active alignment with processes of cultural transformation, its planned.

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The measure of architecture, back then, initialised from the floor and ended at the ceiling, surrounded by the four walls. But, then and now, architectural movements put in new ideas that imbibed enough curiosity to cut across these walls. Instead, it ascends across various scales and sizes. A large number of works in practice today are established at a scale, which, by virtue of its dimensions, can very well be categorized as Small or Medium Scale.

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So the idea of a place is either missing or, as we aim for, is infinite. Such a setting is more than liberating in itself. Thus, architecture of one place can very much represent something that is on the other side bignes the Earth. And then, there is creation.

Bigness to Size-Zero: Measuring Architecture, rightly

The desire for an architectural format that cuts across dimensional-scales has shunned and further refined many conventional philosophies. Think of a coffee shop — which is a public space, but where people are glued to their own devices, logged into various social networking sites. Conviviality persists here too. So in some form — the public space gets resurrected. If a story could be knit around the spatial character of architecture and the aesthetics of a sculpture, the pavilion would be the hero of such a story.


The typology of a pavilion oscillates between that of architecture through function and sculpture through beauty. These have existed as such a typology throughout the history of architecture- from the watch towers of Chinese dynasties to the Garden Pavilions of the French to the newer and relatively urban Serpentine Pavilions of London Fig 2 — Left to Right.

Pavilions are that unfazed architecture of free spirit that give a language to the unrestricted expression of an architect, can be used as a platform for bignses in architectural design and construction, or even be a medium for expression of political, religious or artistic beliefs. A pavilion tem be compared in scale or in scope to regular architecture of any scale. Both symbols of exchange of ideas and pure artistic expression. Pavilions go beyond contextuality. Earlier, there was a time when they acquired permanent settings in the public scape.

Today, they are a harbinger to the statement of unrestricted access and freedom of expression. For example, bignes display of art could now be detached from conventional permanent settings like museum galleries, and be placed for all to see in pavilions in public space.

The public space, now, is liberated and free. Such a paradigm shift was also to rescue architecture from the implications of the retrofit of structure and services into a building.

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Tests as such have led to astonishing results as outer skin thickness reduction to up to a few millimetres, amongst other breakthroughs. MIT has even gone ahead and designed an entire Silk Pavilion using the capabilities of Silkworms on computational scaffolding inputs. A guiding hope to expanse of the idea of Pavilions worldwide. Pavilions continue to be underestimated in their architectural standing in the public space.


They are still often compared in use and importance to buildings that in their long life are able to generate revenue to support the economy. However, positive inspirations can be taken from the likes of the Nehru Pavilion and the Coffee Pavilion in a developing country like India.

Another fine example has been set by the 14th Venice Architecture Biennaledirected by Koolhaas himself, which witnessed 65 nations hoping on the pavilion-chariot. Rem Koolhaas has long since propagated the belief that scale is a direct influence of the expression of architectural gestures in a building.

bibness They continue to surprise, innovate, overwhelm and break the monotony in any and every public contextual setting. It is here where the right measurement of architecture thrives.

Bigness to Size-Zero: Measuring Architecture, rightly

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