Posted by Paul Malo on September 15, 2002 at 17:09:36:
In Reply to: Re: tradition and innovation posted by Kevin Matthews on September 13, 2002 at 22:41:53:
Yes, of course. Aalto was not a polemicist, attempting to create a "New Architecture" (like Wright or Corb). He was simply a very good, "authentic," architect. I agree fully that his work seems far more alive today than many of the period pieces of High Modernism.
And you're of course right that my ingrained instinct is to create polarites for the purpose of debate--setting up "straw men" on occasion to demolish. But as you may suspect, Kevin, I think that Corb was one of a handful of great architects of the twentieth century. I suppose he tends to become the scapegoat because I've been so closely involved with the Eastern pedagogical establishment that has revered Corb while (as I've admitted recently) I'm by nature a contrarian.
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