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Marko Icev (Skopje)

I would like to start with the immortal quote by Nikolaus Pevsner about the bicycle shed and the cathedral, so to paraphrase what he said, the bicycle shed is a building and a cathedral is architecture. Anything that is on human scale, that a man can walk through and occupy is a building, anything that has an aesthetic value is architecture. I am mentioning this because what happens when we have a bicycle shed sort of decorated to look like a cathedral, but it is not? It’s interesting to think about this as a starting point, just to remind you this was in 1943, so it’s interesting to see what’s going on, what’s happening now in the context of Skopje. ... For example the Prada in SoHo, New York by OMA. It’s a great project and I am not trying to make a derision of it but it is an interesting idea if you think that a luxury designer store hires a starchitect to design their luxury flagship store in New York. It’s just this level of excess that is so interesting. ... Relating to Skopje 2014 - I think it is unavoidable to mention this because here is what the title of my lecture Blurred Lines of Content means. The buildings that are done here are basically faking excess, I call it “f’excess”, because they take a language that is supposed to be excessive but they are executed with very cheap materials and cheap gimmicks, so it’s kind of a self-perpetuating “I want to be excessive, but I can’t” mode and it fails in being excessive by its very own language. When we have these images of these buildings juxtaposed, one or another, we lose the 3D presentation. The buildings are not perceived as 3D objects any more than they are perceived as a flat plane and in those terms, if a building has no spatial qualities and no content - why even bother building? You can’t pretend that this is excess, that this is the fruit of many years of economic wealth and prosperity and that this is an expanse and advancement of the architectural field when,

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