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Posted by  Manuel Oliveros on October 26, 2002 at 10:00:10:

In Reply to:  ILLSORY ARCHITECTURE posted by Dex on October 26, 2002 at 03:51:19:

It is curious that this item and the one on buildings as weapons of terror have fallen in place together.

In reality, being architecture an artifact of the creativity of man, creating a controlled environment against a background of nature and otherness, every architecture is by itself having the aim of creating an illusion of antropocentrical control over the environment, what seen and whatever every other foreign or alien beings.

It is only this way that one can inmediately become aware of the early intent of the older architectures in passing the imprint of power to those seeing what built: it was an instrument for awing the people unto the respect of the leaders that commissioned the construction, a continuos reminder of their ability to decide the big way about everything in the city or town.

Now it happens equally, even where I live .. the main streets are revamped frequently, as such permanent reminder of the ability to decide upon the same soil we thread upon.

And of course the commissioners being fond of such effect, artists were ready to provide what required. So these architects of then and now were and are very good at the particularities of display of power and symbolism in the more brute and subtle ways.

Even a refined detail in something built reveals some power behind: one the ones not having it are unable to attain.

Respect the architectures of illusion, most costly public architecure of the past and present are such, especially those having more clear visual intent, say castles and big churches, and skyscrapers.

Some architectures fall simply to the backgroudn for something. Michelangelo himself can be thought doing this both at the capitoline square (where the use of the buildings was even deferred, it was a matter of aspect) or in the laurentian library, where all the building can be thought as some intellective background to the contents. So architecture in creating illusion becames a realm of magic, the magic of built space.

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