Message - Re: tradition and innovation and authenticity

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Posted by  Kevin Matthews on September 16, 2002 at 10:14:14:

In Reply to:  Re: tradition and innovation and authenticity posted by Paul Malo on September 16, 2002 at 08:24:23:

The "authentic" issue here is not about authenticity to the Zeigeist, of course, since stone cottages are obviously an anachronism today. The authenticity is a matter of internal consistency, the parts being integrated into a whole by the envisioned gestalt, or wholeness, sensed by the designer. In a word, this is what we call "taste," in the sense of sensitivity to appropriateness, rather than as an awareness of fashion or adherence to a manifesto.


It seems to be more controversial in the academy, but in addition to internal consistency, I think there are other deep sources of authenticity as well. Not in terms of this style or that style, but approaching the timeless, approaching the universal.

Different buildings express different approaches to gravity -- often seeing the weight and stability, traditionally, and seeing weightlessness, modernly -- but are there examples of beautiful buildings with authenticity that don't express a consistent attitude toward gravity? A consistent attitutde toward how parts connect and protect?

PS: I find myself drawn as well to Stern's houses (but repelled by some of his large commercial buildings).

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