Message - Re: Largest handcut stone building where?

    Responses | Architecture Forum | Architecture Students | Architecture Scrapbook | ArchitectureWeek    

Posted by  Kevin Matthews on February 28, 2003 at 13:26:55:

In Reply to:  Largest handcut stone building where? posted by Joy Stalnaker on February 28, 2003 at 11:52:35:

With all due respect - and not denying that you have a project to accomplish, nor wishing you ill of accomplishing it - I am moved to comment that these quests for quantitative uniqueness in architecture are, on the whole, rather silly.

I can hardly believe how often the submissions to ArchitectureWeek claim something as the first, biggest, smallest, newest, etc. Rarely are these claims backed up by anything remotely like proof. Often they are so narrowly qualified as to be laughable, or so broadly general as to be preposterous.

Sometimes such claims of vacuous superlative seem to be wishful reaching to connect some significance to a mundane construction.

Sometimes such claims of vacuous superlative seem to be merely lazy or unimaginatively conventional thinking by the writer of the submission. Often in this category there is some real significance to the building in question - after all, a well-designed and constructed beautiful building elegantly suited to its inner and outer conditions is inherently significant - and we find that clearing away pointless superlativization is regularly an essential step toward finding the real center of the architectural story waiting to be told.

ArchitectureWeek     Search     Buildings     Architects     Types     Places     Pix     Free 3D Models     Store     Library

Search by name of Building, Architect, or Place:   
Examples:  "Fallingwater",  "Wright",  "Paris"           Advanced Search


Post a Response -



This is an archive page. Please post continuing discussion to the new Architecture Forums.

To post successfully to the new membership-based DesignCommunity Forums:

    1) Go to the new forums area.
    2) Register with a valid email address.
    3) Receive and respond to the confirmation email.
    4) Then login to the new forum system.


Special thanks to our Sustaining Subscribers including .

Home | Great Buildings | CAD Outpost | DesignWorkshop | Free 3D | Gallery | Search | ArchitectureWeek
This document is provided for on-line viewing only. /discussion/25907.html