The City Without Ground
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The Depoliticized Individual emerges in a city which has lost its ground. If the anthropomorphic skyscraper’s in Madelon Vriesendorp’s Flagrant Délit show the double life of modern architecture, the icons of Kop van Zuid lead passive lives, their participation in the city neutralized by their status of view. The collective destroyed by the picture plane.
What is left is a city composed of alienated domestic cells, without a ground to connect them. The placeless city is filled only by the spectacle of its occupants. And so OMA’s city of the captive globe, once celebrating the simultaneity of ideology made possible by a regulated grid, now leaves an empty city at ground level, eliminating the collective and presenting the city as an aggregate of individuals.