The Dissipation of Our Bodies in the City

We love to visibly design (invisible) real and possible power lines and power surfaces of cities.

Just as we love to build buildings and their (wandering) shadows.
Recently - since about 1978 - we have begun, without knowing where it will lead us, to condense and shorten the time of the design process, that is, to talk at length about the project, but without ever thinking of the tangible spatial consequences. And then, all of a sudden, there’s a drawing on a wall, on a table, on a piece of paper, somewhere.

And the model is always there, too, at the same time (in no scale).It works like this: Coop Himmelblau is a team. There are two of us. While drawing, architecture is captured in words; the drawing is narrated into the three-dimensional material of the model.
Last year we noticed that we gradually began to emphasize the verbal description of the design with hand gestures. And for projects for Paris and Vienna, our body language was the better drawing and the first model.

And when we began to work on the projects for New York and Berlin, the face and body of these cities became more and more distinct: In a team photo of Coop Himmelblau, we began to see and draw the lines and surface of the city. Our eyes became towers, our foreheads bridges, our faces became landscapes, and our shirts the site-plans.

1988

While drawing, architecture is captured in words; the drawing is narrated into the three-dimensional material of the model.