Anorexia is usually defined as an eating disorder resulting from a pathologic desire of being thinner and thinner. In contradiction to this phenomenon that still is one of today’s social issues, a high percentage of world’s population suffer of the opposite problem: overweight and its pathological manifestation, obesity.
Interestingly enough, both of these problems – “Fat” and “Anorexic” – usually affect the richest part of the world. Our culture is indeed influenced by what they called as “cultural industry”, an industry that produces standardized cultural goods and – more importantly – an imaginary that we contribute to formulate as well as being influenced by.
Burrasca intent is to point out the relationship between the body, its contemporary fashion and architecture. Fat/Anorexic is addressed as a dialectic couple that can describe today’s architectural perversions and pathologies but also its aesthetics and formalisms.
Our contributors manifested an appealing, broad perspective towards the Fat/Anorexic topic. From the analogy of Architecture as a body, distressed by the same physical diseases of a living organism, to the comparison of Maximalist/Minimalist formal approach towards the project, arriving to the Urban field, influencing Architecture by means of social, economical and political condition.
Last but not least, the topic of Fat/Anorexic is discussed in an interview with Irma Boom. In this piece she discusses the fattiness or anorexia of the book in her entire production, starting from the birth of her 2136 pages SHV book, to her tiny book mock-ups, passing through the publications designed in collaboration with OMA and for the artist Olafur Eliasson.
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