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A Conversation with Florian Beigel and Philip Christou

Ellis Woodman, London, April 2010

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EW: I would like to begin by quoting from a statement that Rem Koolhaas made in 1987 in relation to OMA’s entry in the competition for the French new town of Melun-Sénart. It reads as follows:

‘The site of this last Parisian Ville Nouvelle of Melun-Sénart is too beautiful to conceive just as another Ville Nouvelle with innocence and impunity. A second type of innocence is required to believe at the end of this century that urban development and built areas can be projected and then reasonably controlled. The built, ‘the full’, is incontrollable — subjected to the maelstrom of political, financial and cultural forces — in a perpetual transformation. Of the void the same is not true; maybe the void is the subject where architectural certitudes are still convincing.’ 1

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Beigel, F., Christou, P. (2010). A Conversation with Florian Beigel and Philip Christou. In: Architecture as city. Springer, Vienna.

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