Message - Re: BASEMENT SIDE NOTE; Notes from Le Duc

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Posted by  Peter on November 02, 2002 at 09:30:23:

In Reply to:  Re: BASEMENT SIDE NOTE; Notes from Le Duc posted by d on November 01, 2002 at 07:29:43:

But aside from that, one wonders if in the schools (or cults) of Modernism, there are similar aspects to the base or plinth or foundation....

I wonder too. I would call for actual examples. There are examples of raised plazas integrated with the buildings. Brasilia Government center comes to mind and the Getty Center. Also I've seen many examples of modern buidings that are conceived as solid blocks (not necessarily cubic) rising out of the ground, but without a structure on top--yet having a plinth-like mass. I am sure many examples of city buildings use the traditional concept of a base in material treatments although they may be penetrated for ground floor openings and may lack spatial articulation. An example of a plinth in articulated forms might be the MOMA in San Francisco, but the "plinth" rises on the back elevation to become the building itself.

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