Message - Re: "Modern" vs. "Traditional"

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Posted by  steve on October 21, 2002 at 10:01:01:

In Reply to:  "Modern" vs. "Traditional" posted by Paul Malo on October 21, 2002 at 07:27:31:

Well, this has been batted around before and I guess that it will continue to be. Yes, in the sense that we are well beyond the Modern Movement , everything is post-modern. But I think we could agree that there is a modern, or modernist way of thinking of space, and it is different than a traditional one. In my opinion, traditional space is one of descreet rooms. It utilizes axis and often symmetry as organizational tools. Its imagery is usually related in some way to a craft dependent historical style (pre-Modern). Modern space is often more of a continuum; it has more potential for spatial "effect" (transparancy, slippage, rotation etc.) but also a great potential for sloppiness in its conception and execution . It is also characterized by thinking of structure as something that embellishes the spatial experience(as opposed to ornament). Most of what is being done today fits that description, as opposed to the first. But as you suggest, there's a lot of pseudo traditional ("transitional"?) work out there.

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