J. G. Ballard, High-Rise, 1975
With its forty floors and thousand apartments, its supermarket and swimming-pools, bank and junior school — all in effect abandoned in the sky — the high-rise offered more than enough opportunities for violence and confrontation.
Edward Soja, Postmetropolis, 2000
Interwoven with the jumbled spatiality of the globalized postfordist exopolis is a recomposed sociality that has become similarly fluid, fragmented, decentered, and rearranged in complex patterns that are only beginning to be recognized, understood, and effectively studied.
J. G. Ballard, Date/Origin Unknown
I consider the city to be an outdated structure, incapable of expressing the deep dreams of our time. Cities seem very old-fashioned to me… Now, we communicate by electronic means. The Internet is, above all, the dream of suburbia. I see the future as a kind of planetary suburbia, an infinity of boredom interrupted by unpredictable acts of violence.
Rem Koolhaas, Delirious New York, 1978
Therefore, the performance can never end or even progress in the conventional sense of dramatic plotting; it can only be the cyclic restatement of a single theme: creation and destruction irrevocably interlocked, endlessly reenacted. The only suspense in the spectacle comes from the constantly escalating intensity of the performance.