What is a Generic City?

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"The Generic City is the apotheosis of the multiple-choice concept: all boxes crossed, an anthology of all the options." We found this text-ex. fundamental for our own sentence ((1) below), where; whatever you want it to be/whatever you make it - anything goes - is the central modernist motto, and this is also leading to our next qoute
"Density in isolation is the ideal."


Based on:

“The Generic City is the apotheosis of the multiple-choice concept: all boxes crossed, an anthology of all the options” (note 6.8, p. 1253)

What is characteristic of a multiple-choice test is that you always have the chance of choosing the right answer. Like a gigantic network of check boxes the Generic City is offering you a great amount of possibilities where among you can find your preferable way of living.
What is also characteristic of a multiple-choice test is that there is only one single correct answer. At this point the Generic City isn’t consistent with the multiple-choice concept because you have got the option to check several boxes and still get the correct answer. The Generic City thus appears as a mix of numerous lifestyles where nothing is more correct than other.
The result of the multiple-choice concept (without choosing if it is a advantage or disadvantage) is that you will never achieve a central, united spirit of the inhabitants; i.e. it is impossible to talk about a culture or history of the Generic City. Koolhass writes that the Generic City is

“Not only multiracial, also multicultural” (note 5.1, p. 1252)

With this statement Koolhass erases the common presumption that culture and race are two connected characteristics.
But is it not somehow contradictory to discuss subjects as race and culture in connection with a phenomenon that has got no history? - in connection with a city that is historically self-destructive?


" […] "It is the city without history. It is big enough for everybody. It is easy. It does not need maintenance. If it gets too small it just expands. If it gets old it just self -destructs and renews. It is equally exciting - or unexciting - everywhere. It is "superficial" - like a Holywood studio lot, it can produce a new identity every Monday morning" […]" (note 1.6, p. 1250)

We found this quote important as it is rich of qualities describing the Generic City in lots of non-banal ways giving an heterogeneus and precise framework in which we can place our interpretation of it (which is a kind of open room, in fact). As a result, it emerges an overall image of the Generic City as liquid and with no bounderies. This kind of urban area easily adapts to different needs and changes, having no real shape and lacking in historical roots (which constitute the natural container of an historic city). Its identity is in a way "schizophrenic" and neutral at the same time.

The group 1 "sentence that describes the concept" of the Generic City

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When all local character and individual identity is lost in a mingling mass of multicultural anonymity (- typically in areas of high vertical density -) the Generic City begins.

The group 2 "sentence that describes the concept" of the Generic City

"The Generic City is kind of a fast food, avoiding all the pleasure of a fine and rich of details italian (or french) dinner"

I found this sentence relevant and symbolic as it makes emerge the key character of a generic city: its homogeinity, neutrality and its being avarage satisfactory but not so appealing in fact.

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