Message - Re: Lebeskind and my Tutor lied !!!!!

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Posted by  Rog the Dodge on March 29, 2003 at 04:23:37:

In Reply to:  Lebeskind and my Tutor lied !!!!! posted by Akegata on March 28, 2003 at 06:48:55:


Intention and execution in architecture; could be an interesting study in itself.

A number of points for your essay may be helpful. Don't make it negative, write it critically. Have some understanding, as Peter B has suggested, that there may be reasons, such as budget, outwith Liebskind's control that the landscaping became so impoverished. Maybe your tutor knew this and was looking for a response. Maybe he didn't and looked at the published drawings only. Tutors are not supermen/women and can't always visit every design they promote in their teaching. Maybe your dislike of the building is linked to the failure of the landscaping scheme with which it was to be inexorably linked. What you looked at was then incomplete. By using Liebskind's design and comparing it to what's on the ground might enable you to draw some larger conclusions about the necessary inter-relationship - symbiosis - between landscape and building. Your job as a student is to turn momentary disappointment to academic advantage.

When I visited Mies van der Rohe's Tugendhat House in Brno I was surprised to see that it sat in close proximity to a terrace of 19th century villas. The canonic view from the bottom of the garden up to the living room always implied an isolated building lying along the crest of a hill. In fact, it's impossible to take a photograph of this view (believe me, I've tried!) without the brown brick walled and red pantiled house intruding at the left hand edge of the Tugenghat. Truth in architecture? Something of a doubtful commodity. It shouldn't stop you trying, though, nor should it stop you using your critical faculties.

Have success with your essay and don't blame others, they're just weak humans like the rest of us.


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