Dust projects: on Walter Benjamin's Passagen-Werk and some contemporary dusty makings in architecture

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The Journal of Architecture, 2007, 12 (5), pp. 543 - 557
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In his book on Walter Benjamins PassagenWerk, Pierre Missac 2 emphasises the relevance of Benjamins fragmented and un?nished text for its perduring and repeatedly renewable capacity to `live on by being extended and continued in the work of others. 3 Not only a work about a place (Paris urban interiors) and a time (Paris in the nineteenth century), the structure of the text of the Passagen-Werk 4 is itself a space that can be occupied and changed by other works. It is not the un?nished nature of the work that triggers continuations and developments by other voices, but its very structure, made up as it is by juxtaposed and cross-referencing quotations and fragments and, most importantly, by the potentially endlessly expandable and often unde?ned space in-between them, the connective tissue or the hiatuses that produce a space of speculation.
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