CULTURE OF CONGESTION is a project that aims to expose how cities have become the ever-changing-landscape, a laboratory for the metropolitan way of living. This constant mutation in the Metropolitan culture may be perceived, as Rem Koolhaas describes it, as “a collection of architectural states, all potentially at war with each other.”1 Covid-19 has tilted the conversation and presents a certain urgency to debate the future of cities: an ecological and global crisis placing architecture at the core of the issue. The project offers a statement of how “Culture of Congestion” has shaped cities to become “cities within cities”.1
The series of photomontages becomes a visual manifesto, a narrative that tries to interpret the “otherwise incomprehensible Metropolis.”1 To question the role of architecture and open the dialogue to new ways of thinking urbanism.
1 Koolhaas, Rem. Delirious New York: a Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan. 1987.
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