the narating of architecture from other points of view especially after it is occupied, rather than from how it is ordered, how it is conceived, what it symbolises, what it signifies, has many precedents even before koolhaas’ ‘post-occupancy‘. a+p smithson’s story of how their own house changed through time in relation to the growing hedges in the garden; some of the stories in the website story of houses, and the quirky accounts in the old Nest magazine. here are two recent ones: tales from a+p smithson’s robin hood garden and anecdotes from an architect who grew up in singapore’s ubiquitous HDB public housing.
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I don’t know if you’ve read the text and seen the original materials for Robin Hood Gardens (The Charged Void:Architecture). But it’s so deeply apparent that the Smithsons were deeply interested in use. Unlike the sexy-photoshop-people-dropped -into-a-rendering culture of now, the people appear in the Smithson’s drawings and diagrams as full participants in the architecture.
One can make many legitimate complaints about Robin Hood Gardens, but it’s heartening to hear residents fulfilling the designers intents and desires for the project.
No I haven’t seen The Charged Void. Could you send some images of their renderings please?