Friday, December 14, 2012
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (December 21st is coming)
"Architecture is invention. All the rest is repetition and of no interest." - Oscar Niemeyer
“I like provoking people. It’s what you’re supposed to do.” - Thom Mayne
"Like other kinds of art, great buildings contradict everything else. They make us think. They start conversations, so people talk about what it means to fit in, what it means to have courage. It’s okay for some buildings not to work." - Gregg Pasquarelli
"Maybe that’s what a city is: confrontation and complication. In New York, the name of the game is to have one’s own envelope." - Bernard Tschumi, responding to Pasquarelli
“The street wears us out. It is altogether disgusting. Why, then, does it still exist?” - Le Corbusier
This one's been forgotten about:
"If you know it is useful, and feel it is beautiful, repeat it." - Adolf Loos
It's misleading to teach that buildings which do not work are "courageous", because that idea suggests that good buildings are synonymous with complacency and passivity, and it also stigmatizes their existence. Indeed, what budding young architect would ever want to be known by others as passive or complacent? In turn, architects will happily pollute cities with buildings that alienate passer-bys for the sake of "courage".
If a designer was truly courageous today, they might design a Greek temple. All these other "courageous" projects are actually acts of complacency because they are now totally encouraged (and even insisted upon) by the mainstream architecture community.
Posted by: mxthree at Jan 4, 2013 6:50:36 PM