Posted by Manuel Oliveros on February 06, 2003 at 09:56:43:
In Reply to: Saving an International Style Building posted by Mike Tennent on February 06, 2003 at 08:21:31:
International Style is the distillated -or surviving- form of what the innovations in architecture in the early XX century transformed.
It proved extremly effective both constructively and stylistically as a substitute of what before there was, and reigned unchallenged the whole central third of the XX century. So I think your learned instinct recognizing it in a building of 1948 may even more significative.
International style is in some aspects defeated, but in others is really still prevalent, and its heritage is likely to stay for long.
Structural sincerity, rational construction, current code specifications, all drink in international style sources. The guts of the international style -and even some of its looks, as minimalism shows- are hard to be effectively challenged, for in reality (at its best) comes mainly from rationalization of the more creative earlier buildings of modern movement. Since rationalized, its durability is bigger as an architectural system.
For US nationals, it also may signify the time in which an architecture made according to their practical view of the world was ready for wordly commitment.
Then, having a good local specimen of international style at one's town can be very worth, due to these reasons and others that would take longer to expose. Architecture, history and pride of place may well so recommend.
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