Message - Re: Miss Me? - Federation Square, Melbourne - diversity

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Posted by  JWmHarmon on June 24, 2003 at 08:59:55:

In Reply to:  Re: Miss Me? posted by Kevin Matthews on June 22, 2003 at 15:08:39:

One thing I have always noted in this forum is the diversity of opinion. It is always encouraging to see comments from the "old timers" and to see the interest of the high school kids such as the one posted elsewhere asking about design competitions for high school students.

As in all architecture and architectural criticism there will always be "winners" and "losers." I would encourage everyone to keep comments in this forum on a higher level.

It is easy to write that a building such as Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia, stinks. It is quite another to state why such a building stinks, if that is one's opinion. It is equally important to state one's reasons for believing that Federation Square is a great building, if one holds that opinion.

There is an interesting article about Federation Square in Architectural Record June 2003, pages 108 - 119 about architecture and cultural diversity written by Charles Jencks. Charles Jencks is an architetural author of some note and has written about Postmodernism.

Charles Jencks states that Federation Square "summarizes the ideas of American Postmodernism and develops them in new direction: toward extreme fragmentation and the blurring of difference... (it) aims at what its designers call 'coherence out of difference...'"

Jencks cites this building as an example of architecture reflecting "pluralism and difference in architecture." "Now for the first time, architects were asked to express ethnic diversity and the tangled path of a national identity based on the suppression of minotities, and to do this right in the center of downtown on a major public building."

We can do the same in this forum by noting the great diversity expressed by those who make a positive contribution.

Linked below is the Federation Square site. The image galary is well worth a look. Phone modems may load this site slowly.

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