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Posted by  John DeFazio on November 01, 2002 at 10:56:35:

In Reply to:  Re: post-anti-late posted by BRUTUS on November 01, 2002 at 07:12:27:

I mean nothing disparaging by the term Anti-Architecture.

At the core of Alexander's work is the idea of design as the end product of process, one that is based on the accumulation of elements and types (patterns) that have meanings and evoke feelings for the user. This is anti-Architecture in that it looks to vernacular (unconscious, subjective) buildings as models rather than tectonic, symbolic, objective that is associated with Architecture with big "A". He does seek de-professionalize the building industry, and return it owner, but with it, a set of humble values. He seeks to naturalize building. I find his ideas poetic; I'm a fan; I'm only disappointed that his ideas haven't a bigger influence.

In a big way Adolf Loos (see Raumplan below) was a proponent of anti-Architecture... He was appalled by the pretentiousness idea of Architecture as as HIGH ART to be applied to all building types. He'd believed that Architecture was for only Monuments, everything else should be" just buildings", understated and reserved.

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