”Here I am developing an idea that Walter Benjamin addressed in his Arcades Project. He starts from the anthropological assumption that people in all epochs dedicate themselves to creating interiors, and at the same time he seeks to emancipate this motif from its apparent timelessness. He therefore asks the question: How does capitalist man in the 19th century express his need for an interior? The answer is: He uses the most cutting-edge technology in order to orchestrate the most archaic of all needs, the need to immunize exist-ence by constructing protective islands. In the case of the arcade, modern man opts for glass, wrought iron, and assembly of prefabricated parts in order to build the largest possible interior. For this reason, Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace, erected in London in 1851, is the paradigmatic building. It forms the first hyper-interior that offers a perfect expression of the spatial idea of psychedelic capitalism. It is the prototype of all later theme-park interiors and event architectures. The arcade heralds the abolition of the outside world. It abolishes outdoor markets and brings them indoors, into a closed sphere. The antagonistic spatial types of salon and market meld here to form a hybrid. This is what Benjamin found so theoretically exciting: The 19th-century citizen seeks to expand his living room into a cosmos and at the same time to impress the dogmatic form of a room on the universe. This sparks a trend that is perfected in 20th-century apartment design as well as in shopping-mall and sports-stadium design—these are the three paradigms of modern construction, that is, the construction of micro-interiors and macro-interiors.”
Instead of this archaic state of protection I prefer the words of Cioran:
”The absence of an organic character of the contemporary culture, makes that man is no longer living in contents but in formulas that he can change as fast as he changes his shirt. So you understand why it is necessary to purify oneself on the heights.” The full text below ( In French only).
”Si l’on veut comprendre la vanité des ambitions et des aspirations cultivées par l’homme dans les grandes villes, si l’on veut dépasser les illusions engendrées par l’assimilation au rythme fou de la vie moderne, il est plus que nécessaire, il est indispensable de faire provisoirement retraite. ”( …) ”L’absence de caractère organique de la culture contemporaine fait que l’homme ne vit plus dans des contenus mais dans des formules dont il peut changer comme il changerait de chemise. vous comprenez donc pourquoi il est nécessaire de se purifier sur les hauteurs. ” Emil Cioran