Posted by Peter on September 29, 2002 at 10:04:55:
In Reply to: Re: WTC shortlist posted by Manuel Oliveros on September 29, 2002 at 07:48:55:
I don't understand everything you're saying, but as for " for in most building activity the more mundane approaches prevail," I can agree. Unfortunately this may be due to the lack of innovation not by the public or the client, but by the architect who is unable to stand the liability of being first, or may even lack the knowledge to move in a better direction.
However, as with science, new technology must be proven. A case has to be made for it and fully presented and tested. Meanwhile we today enjoy (?) an unprecedented degree of innovation, excepting some phenomonal instances, as in the renaissance.
I was priviledged to view the "Eternal Egypt" exhibition from the British Museum collection. I was continually amazed how over almost 3 millennia the same forms were rigidly adhered to, and any NEW expressions of beauty and humanity were almost surreptitiously injected by the craftspeople over time (a looooong time). Genius was apparent in works by those who could take the form and do it exquisitely without breaking ranks. Often, I suppose, the liability of a missed expression would be the loss of one's head or eternal damnation.
Contrast nowadays when any designer is free to believe his or her ideas are worthy of review by the powers that be. And this may be both good and bad.
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