ARTICLE ON BIG BOXES, ASCO AND SUBURBS IN ARCHITECT MAGAZINE

Press, 27.05.2013

ARCHITECT MAGAZINE interviewed Alexander D’Hooghe about his vision on suburbs and big boxes. ASCO was given as an example of how to use the big box typology as a “high-quality exoskeleton that can house almost any function.” “I think [the big box has] got great, great potential” to transform the suburbs at scale, D’Hooghe says. “It’s so flexible, it’s so powerful. Even though I’m repulsed by it, in a way.” D’Hooghe nevertheless mounts an aesthetic defense of the vulgar box as “the realization … of the promise of absolute abstraction, in terms of flatness, horizontality, lack of expression, [and] lack of authorship.” Read more on: http://www.architectmagazine.com/books/attain-this-diagram.aspx