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By Stephan Trüby

"First we form issues, then they form us", used to be Churchill's view. what sort of structure might be acknowledged to form? Who does it form? And by way of what capacity does it form? The author's solutions to those questions are a shock during this diverting manifesto.

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8]. Nowadays it is not vertical but horizontal routes which must be regarded as exit architecture par excellence. It is primarily in the chreodes which lead to the staircase and for reasons of cost and safety more often than not take the form a corridor, that we can find the exit sign generally used internationally. German building regulations fall under the jurisdiction of the individual federal states but by means of model building code (Musterbauordnung, MBO) it has become relatively uniform throughout the country and by using the term ‘Rettungsweg’ 56 57 On “self-enthrallment as decorum of the modern age” see Mühlmann, Kunst und Krieg, 1998.

53 Fig. 11: Belief in the devil under secularised conditions: Vincent Mazeau’s “EVIL/EXIT Theater”, 2003. 61 “The classic wars between states were usually decided in battles the outcome of which formed the basis of the ensuing peace agreement. ”62 61 62 Cf. Münkler, Über den Krieg, p. 220. Herfried Münkler: “Die Neuen Kriege”, in: ARCH+, No. 164/165, “Das Arsenal der Architektur”, April 2003, p. 31. 54 The cross-fading of burning buildings and denationalised war is a result of the events of 11th September 2001.

The modern age with its enclosing environments had its clearly defined points of escape too. This was the pacified outer space accessible via the learning corridor where relaxation was possible and from then on it was the inner space where the unconscious could hatch out its paranoia. Ever since denationali- 63 55 “Das Arsenal der Architektur. Friedrich Kittler und Alexander Kluge im Gespräch mit der ARCH+”, in: ARCH+, No. 164/165, p. 27. e. since about the second half of the 20th century, the only movement which is safe is movement along escape routes which no longer have a point of escape.

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