Quotation by Rem Koolhaas

Otis's apparatus recovers the uncounted planes that have been floating in the thin air of speculation and reveals their superiority in a metropolitan paradox: the greater the distance from the earth, the closer the communication with what remains of nature (i.e. light and air). The elevator is the ultimate self-fulfilling prophecy: the further up it goes, the more undesirable the circumstances it leaves behind.
Rem Koolhaas (b. 1944), Dutch architect. Delirious New York, "The Double Life of Utopia: The Skyscraper," p. 68, Oxford University Press (1978).
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