If physics is the language of the universe, then geometry is its grammar. Architectural grammar has changed from a vision of utopia to recidivist teddy boy kicking sand in the face of humanity.
The Da Vinci Vitruvian man – The Vitruvian Man, or simply L’Uomo Vitruviano, is a drawing by the Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci around 1490. It is accompanied by notes based on the work of the architect Vitruvius. The drawing, which is in pen and ink on paper, depicts a man in two superimposed positions with his arms and legs apart and inscribed in a circle and square.
The drawing and text are sometimes called the Canon of Proportions or, less often, Proportions of Man. this picture represents a cornerstone of Leonardo’s attempts to relate man to nature. He believed the workings of the human body to be an analogy for the workings of the universe.
Koolhaas is the founding partner of OMA, (office for Metropolitan architecture and of its research-oriented counterpart AMO
“Architecture can’t do anything that the culture doesn’t. We all complain that we are confronted by urban environments that are completely similar. We say we want to create beauty, identity, quality, singularity. And yet, maybe in truth these cities that we have are desired. Maybe their very characterlessness provides the best context for living.”