Theory as atmosphere

‘New Babylon is a huge atmosphere jukebox that can only be played by a completely revolutionized society.’

‘That the theory did not directly refer to the project continued the sense of theory as atmosphere —not simply conceptual atmosphere for physical design, as the design was meant to be all atmosphere; atmosphere for atmosphere itself. The polemic had to direct attention to that which by definition could not be addressed directly.’

Wigley, Mark. Constants New Babylon The Hyper-Architecture of Desire