In January 2018, Matthew Teismann of LIONarchitecture was published in the Portuguese architecture journal Joehlo. Teismann's article, 'An Ideological City: Koolhaas’ Exodus in the Second Ecumene,' is a narrative that challenges or reconfigures the narrative of mid-twentieth century European cities by tracing their spatialized conception of a global-world through its ideological antithesis, at the hands of Rem Koolhaas in the early 1970s.
In 1972, when Rem Koolhaas created his theoretical project, 'Exodus, or the Voluntary Prisoners of Architecture,' he created an architecture against geo-economic forces of globalization. Critical to Exodus is an opposing spatial impenetrability designed to keep people in, while keeping goods, capital, and politics out. Both architecture and city, Exodus ideologically resists a newly emergent globalized world, manifest in an interconnected world-city that Greek architect Constantinos Doxiadis prefigured as 'Ecumenopolis.' Using Peter Sloterdijk's spatial analysis of globalization, Teismann places Exodus within this economic and historical context – a counter-cultural space at odds with global architecture and cities. As a discordant proposition, however, Koolhaas provides a place in which humans enter into an ontological space: Sloterdijk’s Sphären (Spheres).
Joelho, Journal of Architectural Culture, is the second series of the Journal “em cima do joelho”, published by the Department of Architecture, University of Coimbra. Joelho is a space opened to the publication of educational activities and research carried out in the schools of architecture and national and international projects, according to themes that will convene under the millennial umbrella of architecture and urbanism.
Guest Editors: José António Bandeirinha, Luís Miguel Correia, Nelson Mota
Joelho #8 brings together contributions to discuss the European City as an idea and a project. In this issue, established and young scholars discuss the multiple facets of the European city as the vital locus for the historical processes that populate our imagination as urbanites. In three complementary parts - Discourses, Projects, and Reviews - Joelho 8 showcases a critical cross-section of ideas and practices for the European City developed over the last century. The articles included in this issue discuss several instances of the European city as a palimpsest, a physical and mental support where multiple historical phenomena are overlaid. Looking from different intellectual perspectives, Joelho 8 shows the European city as a place of coexistence, a stable, yet dynamic, organism against which the flow of time and the accumulation of experiences takes place. Joelho 8 allows us to travel in time, navigating through different aspects that have contributed to make the European city a cherished repository of collective memory and a shared cultural heritage.
The European Architecture History Network issued a press release upon publication of the issue, and may be found here.