Posted by d on February 20, 2003 at 16:40:23:
In Reply to: Recreate architects' works - your opinion? posted by JWmHarmon on February 20, 2003 at 07:14:47:
I think we forget that throughout the millenia of architectural effort it was an extremely conservative profession- conservative in that accepted forms( like bundled reeds) were conserved even when materials changed (the reeds became columns ).
It seems only in our present time, that the "auteur" sense permeates high architecture. The measure of greatness in the past was how closely the work hewed to tradition; the measure of greatness today is how radically the work departs from tradition.
The problem now may be that the proportion of feasible and sensible innovation. to radical conceptual thought, is fast decreasing. In such a climate, why not engage in some esthetic "conservation"?
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