Posted by Verve on March 09, 2002 at 03:28:29:
In Reply to: Re: ronchamp and bilbao posted by Richard Haut on March 08, 2002 at 14:46:53:
"The rebuilding of a pilgrimage church destroyed in the war is very different from a museum in a run-down area of a city in a time of peace."
Of course, the social context can never be ignored. As it is important to understand where an idea has originated.
"If today's architecture too often veers towards the amusement-park destination type of design, it says more about the society than the design."
I think there is room for it in certain contexts, but architects should definitely consider problem solving of 'society' more and try to make the mundanity of day to day living more simple. Rather than producing many means of escape. Changing societies do require changing/evolving architecture to meet their needs.
"If architecture is to become a frippery, then it will go the way of Nouvelle Cuisine in cooking - playing with the food to produce an "effect" that is neither particularly interesting, nor nourishing."
Well said. Have you seen all those 'fusion' cuisines available in supermarkets *chuckle* a reflection of this "amusement-park destination type of design" and postmodern kitsch.
As for Revolution - Hopefully it will dismiss the kitsch and focus on enhancement of society. What really matters.
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