Reflected Architecture announces an endgame: "Instruments of design have become as sharp as lancets and as sensitive as sounding lines, we can use them for a delicate lobotomy." Lobotomizing
the architect--who has finally come to recognize his role as "accomplice to the machinations of the system"--Superstudio turn to what they identify as another form of therapy, the "removal of all archimanias." In the remaining projects on display, including Italia Vostra: Restoration of Historical Centres, 1972, and Conceptual Architecture, Hidden Architecture, 1970, form-making increasingly cedes to ironic propositions and commentaries.
"Engagement" is Koolhaas's central working concept; what he wants to engage with is the commercial world that he regards as politically and socially lobotomizing
. Architects, he has argued in his writings, are guilty of retreating before an onslaught of commercialism.
Whether it's the vampires in "Buffy" or the evil, lobotomizing
head counselor in last summer's "Disturbing Behavior," teen life as seen through the Hollywood lens is often full of menace.