Lonely Platforms

Max Weidacher

Lonely Platforms at the WU

It all started with the notion of these platforms hovering above the ground. In other words visiting the University of Economics for the very first time, it's contextual detachedness was more striking than anything else. This modernist strategy of a vertically organized city (where pedestrians are separated from vehicular traffic) seemed to generate the same conflict wherever it has been realized. The urban aloofness was iterated in our visits of like buildings in Paris and Berlin: What seems to be connected in plan, turns out to be false in section. A building which appears to have only been conceived in plan produces through the platform a sectional complexity.