Posted by steveA on July 25, 2003 at 14:55:39:
In Reply to: Re: SincE YoU HavE ReaD FoR OncE posted by Richard Haut on July 24, 2003 at 15:02:14:
Richard: I think Mad's point is that if everything we do is derivative of something else, then how do we measure creativity? Its true that even the greatest architects were derivating other architect's work. In some respects, Corbu took the ball from Perret and ran with it. Breuer was highly derivative of Corbu. Botta is derivative of Kahn. Kahn is derivative of certain vernacular works.
FLW is perhaps one of the very few Originals . But the good architects added something new to the equation. Corb added more intense formal manipulation, and his social agenda. Meier's formal manipulations are even more extreme, though the vocabulary stays the same. Kahn made poetic statements about materials. Aalto combined the formalism of Corbu and Mies with the romanticism of the Finnish vernacular.etc. etc. So the creativity, or new, autonomous content is there, in the good work, but it isn't necessarily of the extreme sort. I think young architects especially are often looking for that bold, new, genius work that screams out, and it is rarely to be found. For me, small steps forward are enough.
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