Message - Re: Architecture, no more than trophy buildings?

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Posted by  Manuel Oliveros on November 20, 2002 at 09:24:46:

In Reply to:  Architecture, no more than trophy buildings? posted by archie on November 19, 2002 at 22:48:48:

Seeing the banaliity of housing some have held such view. Gregotti came to assert that there not existed other architecture than the public one. And in fact the great gestures have served well as examples of order for all, to such extent that classical architectures are thought by some be the paradigm of -even social- order.

This may derive from the wish of the rulers to convey an ordered and hyerarchical view of the world, whereas the commonners are more willing to hide between themselves as undistinguished equals. The fact of rulers controlling the resources is also contributing to another possibilities not become real.

Supporting your view is the second place present architecture is having in regard of say weaponry, airspace etc. These are the trophies of our era and the big buildings of today are only secondary in importance to them.

So there's some substance to the thought, yes.

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