by Charmaine Chua

Port of Rotterdam


“how the container as architectural object has become a political infrastructure, creating a calculable system of material processing that has enabled an entire reassessment of how, where, when, and for whom goods are made and moved.” (pp. 3)

“As such, the container is not singular thing but an infrastructural system, whose implementation sought to provide the material conditions for exchange and consumption across both space and time.” (pp.5)

Build/ design around “Containerization”
Modularity and standardization, making it a manageable, quantifiable and predictable element within a complex system of transportation, supply and demand and consumerism.

Significant changes in the morphology of cities: 

Expansion of the Port of Rotterdam Source: OECD

by Hito Steyerl

Duty-free in this text have two level of meaning:

1st is tax free – as the storage of art is in freeport, a tax free zone and extraterritorial – which is a Extra-state, e.g. Geneva freeport

2nd is due to its geographical position, “duty-free art ought to have no duty – no duty to perform, to represent, to teach, to embody value. It should not be indebted to anyone, nor serve a cause or a master, nor be a means to anything.” (pp.14) •Duty-free art could be “Autonomous Art” and more than that. •“Autonomous art within this context could try to understand political autonomy as an experiment in building alternatives to a nation- state model that continues to proclaim national culture while simultaneously practicing constructive instability by including gated communities for high-net-worth individuals, much like microversions of failed states”

The author addressed that the freeport art storage create a place which has come into existence to store and trade art outside of state jurisdiction.

by DOGMA (Pier Vittorio Aureli, Martino Tattara)

Stop City, DOGMA, 2007-2008

Size of the STOP CITY is 500x 500x 25m. These eight slabs are self-sufficient city that inhabits 500,000 people without characterized by any specific program.

Explores the idea of urbanisation with a limit •A non-figurative architectural hypothesis for the city that propose an absolute limit that separates urbanization from empty space through eight vertical slabs without characterized by any specific program. Each a city within a city. •A reversal of the urban thesis of Archizoom’s ‘No-stop city’.

No-Stop City, Archizoom, 1969

No-Stop City is a continuous, regular framework which could be expanded indefinitely •Infrastructure required evenly distributed throughout.

“The city is what it does” (urbanization) (production + reproduction)

It is not utopian but “an acute and sarcastic analysis of the reality in which we live.”

Stop City, DOGMA, 2007-2008
Standard Container

Architectural form in Stop City and the design of container use form free from the image, style and ‘useless’ form.
Architecture is the repeated form used to frame the city.
Container is repeated form to simplify the distribution process.
They are both designed as standard size to maximize the profit

January 14, 2019

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