This may well be some of the best advice to beginning artists and designers. I wish someone had told me...
Koolhaas talks about the changing face of architecture and the changing role of the architect in the age of globalisation. Architecture used to reflect the values of a society, now it expresses the aspirations of the architect.
The Informal City is governed by an inverse logic of the fixed and the ephemeral. Rigid structures are temporary and can be replaced at any time, whereas ephemeral structures are permanent, not in terms of site or structure, but as building types that pop up everywhere and at any time.
There is a remarkable correlation between the world of contemporary architecture and financial markets.
Interesting documentary about the sprawling informal developments in the hills around Caracas. The film also provides fascinating insights into the economics of slum dwellings.