Toward energy emancipation
in Dreams of disconnection
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In the early 1950s, the “externalization” of pipes and conduits became widespread and made it difficult to distinguish what was mechanical or structural. The exaggeration of mechanical visibilities became a deliberate choice, a decorative or obvious element. What the Modern movement had generally removed from view would appear in the foreground and explode in a spectacular manner. And it was probably the megastructure projects in the 1960s that would take this technical rhetoric to its summit. The city was to be apprehended in terms of networks, energy or information connections. In the late 1960s, a wave of nihilism and dystopia triggered a mutation in prospective. In the context of a widespread crisis, the apprehension of a cataclysm favored the idea of nomadism. Mobility would query the possibilities of a change in the habitat on the vertical, horizontal or territorial energy grid. A first deterritorialization occurred – it was the famous “twilight of the sedentaries.” But this disappearance of architecture to the benefit of the enhancement of its network would make the question of the dependence on, and illusion of, disconnection rise to the surface. A few years before the 1973 oil crisis, its apprehension would lead to the disfavor of postwar technological optimism, promoting the scenario of an unprecedented boom in so-called alternative and renewable energies, bringing about a second deterritorialization: total energy autonomy.

Dreams of disconnection

From the autonomous house to self-sufficient territories


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