Forty ways to think about architecture : architectural by Iain Borden, Murray Fraser, Barbara Penner

By Iain Borden, Murray Fraser, Barbara Penner

"Forty how one can take into consideration structure" offers an advent to a couple of the ways that architectural historical past and thought are being approached this present day. This assortment takes in a complete of forty essays masking key matters, starting from reminiscence and historical past to daily life, development fabrics and town areas. in addition to severe conception, philosophy, literature and experimental layout, it refers to extra instant and Read more...


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A lot of the talking, in architecture schools particularly, is of the preaching type, there to engender confidence in those who are daring to design. Later comes the enormous complexity and exchange of data necessary to get a building up and on its feet. There is little reason for either type of discourse to be coherent or beautiful. The most seductive of architectural theories have often taken the form of vatic, staccato or metaphorical utterances (Pugin, Le Corbusier, Loos, Buckminster Fuller).

10 Dissecting her own reaction, Douglas realised that her discomfort did not come from dirt (and in any case, she stressed, dirt is not necessarily dangerous), but was connected to the bathroom’s appearance. Quite simply, it didn’t look like a bathroom. This led her to make one of her best-known insights: ‘In chasing dirt, in papering, decorating, tidying we are not governed by anxiety to escape disease, but are positively re-ordering our environment, making it conform to an idea’11 – in the case of the bathroom, that of hygiene.

Bossard said ‘okay, go on, but do it fast: you’ve got to do it in three minutes, you’re doing a Picasso, not a Dürer’. The labourer stuffed the stones into the casting box, and poured the concrete, and then, when it was taken out, Bossard asked him what he thought of the result. ‘Lousy,’ said the labourer. ’ So it was fixed in place, and Bossard again asked the labourer what he thought of it, and the labourer said it wasn’t the same as the others. Bossard replied that none of the pieces were the same, and that if some were beautiful and some were ugly, well that was like the human race.

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