Residual vs. Icon | publication

Residual vs Icon by Bert de Muynck | Beijing, 2007
Residual vs Icon by Bert de Muynck | Beijing, 2007

Polar Inertia, one of the webs’ premier journals of nomadic and popular culture has a new issue online. February 2008, MovingCities contributed to it with the ‘Residual vs Icon‘-photo series and a short observation on the strange building biotopes that surround Beijing’s large construction sites. Strolling around in the neighborhood of the large construction sites of this city [CCTV (Rem Koolhaas/OMA, Linked Hybrid (Steven Holl Architects), WaterCube (PTW Architects + CCDI + ARUP)] Bert de Muynck has been peeping over the fence, like a detective driven by curiosity, with an obsession to find evidence, with a precision that was at odds with the chaotic environment he was roaming through. As always, POLAR INERTIA presents a titillating mix of the mundane, hidden, nomadic, scattered, elusive, abandoned, vibrating and under valued evidence of man’s presence on this planet.

Advice: bookmark, and notice that Ted Kane, along with Marcel E. Yarnow polarinertia’s editorial members, will publish in March 2008, Polar Inertia: The Migrating and Emergent City.

2 thoughts on “Residual vs. Icon | publication”

  1. Indeed this phenomenon of the Residual isn’t confined to China alone; but appears in varying concentrations and proliferation around the world. However one sees a spectrum of attitudes towards the residual, and is due to ask: what is it that grants the residual its value in each situation? What are the push and pull factors of every circumstance that create the situation of the residual in each instance, and how is it that the result is always different?

  2. Urban Reason is incompatible with idealism. The mere contrast of icon vs. residual, even the elements from which this contrast is constructed, is arch-idealistic, though. Residual is what remains after applying model, what can’t be explained by a model. The use of this concept points to a severe lack of understanding the city and urban conditions, which are always and mandatorily cjaracterized by heterotopias.

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