ABSTRACT

Recently sitting In yet another panel about globalization, I listened to the Dutchman to my right metaphorize world culture as a huge ocean wave and offer – as an architectural strategy for dealing with it – the figure of a surfer, riding the crest. Although this image has certain détourning charm, the ‘wave’ model is all wet, camouflaging the reality of a constructed culture as a force of nature. Confronted by the massive sameness of sprawl – the urbanism of global capital – my colleague chose not to resist it but to go with the flow, to invent it as the inevitable substrate of the whole world. (Michael Sorkin, Some Assembly Required) 1