“The sectors of a city…are decipherable, but the personal meaning they have for us is incommunicable, as is the secrecy of private life in general, regarding which we possess nothing but pitiful documents”.
– Guy Debord, A Critique of Separation (1961)
“The rapidly shifting landscape of social locations is making the built environment an amorphous, fluid and elastic condition.” – Rahul Mehrotra
“There goes another moment. Just wrap it up. We own it. “ – Junior Boys, In The Morning
“Junkspace is political: it depends on the central removal of the critical faculty in the name of comfort and pleasure. Entire miniature states now adopt Junkspace as a political program, establish regimes of engineered disorientation, instigate a politics of systematic disarray. Not exactly “anything goes”; in fact, the secret of Junkspace is that it is both promiscuous and repressive: as the formless proliferates, the formal withers, and with it all rules, regulations, recourse…Junkspace knows all your emotions, all your desires. it is the interior of Big Brother’s belly. It preempts people’s sensations. It comes with a soundtrack, smell, captions; it blatantly advertises how it wants to be read: stunning, cool, huge, abstract, “minimal”, historical. Junkspace’s inmates form a collective of brooding consumers in surly anticipation of their next spend, a mass of refractory periods caught in a Thousand Year Reign of Razzmatazz. Junkspace pretends to unite, but it actually splinters. It creates communities not of shared interest or free assoctiation, but of identical statistics, a mosiac of the common denominator. Ego is stripped of privacy and mystery, each man, woman and child individually targeted, spied on, split off from the rest.” – Rem Koolhaas
“Junkspace”, A+U Special Issue:OMA@Work(May 2000)