CCTV - Building as a city, city as a building.Reconversion of the Chinese Central Television headquarters in Beijing - UTOPIA
" There is a literature that does not reach the voracious mass. It is the work of creators, issued from a real necessity in the author, produced for himself. It expresses the knowledge of a supreme egoism, in which laws wither away. Every page must explode, either by profound heavy seriousness, the whirlwind, poetic frenzy, the new, the eternal, the crushing joke, enthusiasm for principles, or by the way in which it is printed. On the one hand a tottering world in flight, betrothed to the glockenspiel of hell, on the other hand : new men. Rough, bouncing, riding on hiccups. Being them a crippled world and literary quacks with a mania for improvement. "
The CCTV is not a building, it is not a symbol, it is not a Monument, it is a Memory. A pilgrimage to CCTV is for people what is for Muslims the pilgrimage to the holly Mecca. They climbing it as the Mountain of Everest. They experience it during days as what they do for the great wall CCTV is the Immortal Memory.
It appears to be monumental only because it's art.
" Unlike utopia of the past, the present ones are almost all immediately achievable " Michel Ragon