FIREPLACE “As our mastery of fire has improved, the former tasks of the fireplace - heating, cooking, lighting, a gathering place and focal point for media and culture - have been divided up among multiple discrete devices, and/or dispersed like tentacles through systems that penetrate every hidden space of architecture and lead eventually to power stations (enormous fireplaces)” ADDED ATTRIBUTES If Koolhaas is correct in that the fireplace is ‘functionally extinct,’ at least in the Western world. Perhaps sensors will first make their way into the ‘multiple discrete devices,’ where they haven’t already done so. Or perhaps sensors will help return the burning fireplace to the ‘visible entropy’ as something more pleasing.

FIREPLACE “As our mastery of fire has improved, the former tasks of the fireplace – heating, cooking, lighting, a gathering place and focal point for media and culture – have been divided up among multiple discrete devices, and/or dispersed like tentacles through systems that penetrate every hidden space of architecture and lead eventually to power stations (enormous fireplaces)” ADDED ATTRIBUTES If Koolhaas is correct in that the fireplace is ‘functionally extinct,’ at least in the Western world. Perhaps sensors will first make their way into the ‘multiple discrete devices,’ where they haven’t already done so. Or perhaps sensors will help return the burning fireplace to the ‘visible entropy’ as something more pleasing.