Message - Re: tradition and innovation

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Posted by  Paul Malo on September 13, 2002 at 06:34:31:

In Reply to:  Re: tradition and innovation posted by Kevin Matthews on September 13, 2002 at 00:27:58:

The death was of the ideology, not of the style. Gothic cathedrals continued to be built (and they're still working on St. John the Devine, aren't they?) --but it was merely the style that remained. The Gothic world died long ago.

Similarly, an architect like Meier designs beautiful Modern buildings, but he simply has opted for a certain period style--might as well be Georgian, which also is being beautifully done by some architects today. Neither really expresses the world-view that those styles represented.

This comes to the recurring question of the Zeitgeist--should we seek a common expression of our distinctive world-view? That was, of course, a central issue for modernism. I think that prospect waned along with futurism and utopianism. Who today espouses a universal world view--unless it is the Free Traders?

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