Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague,
graduation festival 30.6.2016-7.7.2016
All works are available in edition of 10+2AP
Self-published, edition of 150. 72 pages, 17x24 cm.
Offset prints on glossy paper, Softcover.
Concept, photography and text: Zindzi Zwietering
Graphic design: Ines da Costa
Printing: Drukkerij Tielen
160.000m2, an eerie calm
A mass of huge grey tower. A mass of people. Living, working, staying, eating, meeting and sleeping. A vertical city. A machine. People move from A to B. This is the most densely populated land in The Netherlands. Giant elevators, never-ending escalators. De Rotterdam.
De Rotterdam was finalized in 2013, and is designed by the O.M.A., the famous architectural firm of Rem Koolhaas. The design of the building match theories of Rem Koolhaas about the generic city perfectly – as if you are walking around in the visualization of his theories.
“The generic city is nothing but a reflection of present need and present ability. It is a city without history. It is big enough for everybody. It is easy. It needs minimal maintenance. If it gets too small it just expands. If it gets old it just self-destructs and renews. It is equally exciting -or unexciting- everywhere. It is “superficial” - like a Hollywood studio lot, it can produce a new identity every Monday morning.” - Rem Koolhaas
Koolhaas discards the physical reality from its value; as if it is discarded as meaningless. Every space is a passage; and not a place to stay and bond. He creates spaces where he forces people not to create a connection with their environment. Does Koolhaas discard the physical reality from its value? And if so; what does this say about the time we live in? “The generic city is always founded by people on the move, poised to move on.” - Rem Koolhaas