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Exodus, Rem Koolhaas, Madelon Vreisendorp, Elia and Zoe Zenghelis 1972 / London, United Kingdom
The wall in Central London was never built, but on weekdays at exactly 9 am, women and men in identical suits and pastel ties carrying black umbrellas file neatly out of tunnels and up escalators to an appointed spot. At 1pm they walk two blocks and queue silently for bacon and watercress sandwiches. At 5 pm they file out as they came in, descend into tunnels and are carried away to distant corners. On Saturdays and Sundays the tunnels and escalators and sidewalks are all that is there. (18th Sept. 2011, London) Designed as negation and organization of city in response to Cold War tensions, the relationship between Exodus and site is one of political and social organization, a monumental intervention both indifferent to and transforming the fabric below.
Rem Koolhaas et al., rendered aerial of Exodus or The Voluntary Prisoners of Architecture
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