Posted by Manuel Oliveros on October 15, 2002 at 09:55:21:
In Reply to: Greatest technological contributions posted by trueblue on October 15, 2002 at 07:55:29:
I would say that concrete and modularization and prefabrication, understood (as of now) mainly of elements, not big subsystems.
Curiously this places very well Le Corbusier, he being from my viewpoint not excellent form aesthetic viewpoint. He was not himself inventor of any (think of Paxton on prefabrication and modularity) but was intelligent enough to appreciate the importance of both modularization and concrete for architectonical construction.
On the other hand, my critics on aesthetical gorunds most surely would have pleased him, in that he was precisely one that uprooted architecture from the "beauties" of styles (mainly academicists) towards some more industrial rational construction, and there taste and aesthetic enjoyment of built space are less paramount than usefulness, and so are in lower hyerarchical order than functionality.
Even being so the case, and any reduction to the void styles of the past being unaceptable behaviour as expected from any architect now, much of what happened in the XX turned as well in some kind of reminder of the many losses in what societies can incurr by willing dismissal of aesthetical concerns..., (No sólo de pan vive el hombre ... Not only of bread lives man) and contrarily, we continue having examples of its use in almost entire disregard of functionality (other than maybe, satisfy the ego of some owner, of course). Big Nothings.
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