Message - Re: Modernism & Repression

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

Posted by  Peter Baco t on December 10, 2003 at 09:48:40:

In Reply to:  Modernism & Repression posted by Stefan Trebicki on December 08, 2003 at 16:05:26:

Buildings can indeed be oppressive whether or no this is a tool.

Look into public housing in any country of that period. The resultant failure in the US was a result of oppressive thinking. It is not direct but goes something like: "the poor (the Polish) don't need aesthetics or environmental design, they need boxes to live in and efficiently get to the faactories (or the welfare office). Security is stressed in block high rise buildings (though the result was poor security) and denuded no-place landscapes--easier to strafe."

I can point to buildings in college campuses today that may not be modernist, perhaps post-modern but show oppressive/repressive tendencies by simple lack of volition (supposively) to consider the community that uses the building, concieved as an isolated sculpture. Entrances that look like loading docks (or gates to hell), dehumanizing slits (gun ports) for windows, fascist-style towers etc.

ArchitectureWeek     Buildings     Architects     Types & Styles     Search
Library     Places     Building Photos     Free 3D Models     Archiplanet

Architecture 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.

Architecture Forum | Students Forum | ArchitectureWeek Scrapbook | Home Design | 3D Gallery

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.