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Old July 9th, 2013, 06:26 PM   #1
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The Quest to “Liberate” Architecture from Modernism’s Evils

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Nikos Salingaros is unafraid of a controversial statement. A professor of Mathematics and Urban theory, he has been using his scientific approach to study architecture and urban environments for years, and has come to a conclusion: Modernism is just about the worst thing that happened to architecture.

As Salingaros explains, not only is it impossible to have any “Green” architecture within a modernist framework, but, moreover, Modernism encourages us to deny our biologically-evolved senses and embrace an unnatural, inhuman built world – and why? Because there’s a whole lot of money and power behind those “modernist boxes.” As Salingaros puts it:

“Architectural Education ever since the Bauhaus, and continuing to the present day without interruption, teaches students to interpret built forms according to very peculiar abstract criteria, and not through their own biologically-evolved senses and cognitive intelligence. This is radical training in sensory denial: desensitizing people so that their interpretation of the world can be defined by others with an agenda.”
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Stupid article and stupid thread title. Modernism is not evil nor has it ever been. Sounds like something a classicist hermit living mentally in the 1890s would have written.

Modernism is about the appreciation of clean lines and forms, with repetitive forms that emphasize 'pattern.' It was extremely mind-blowing for those who lived in the 1940s with the same old brick structures everywhere to see clean steel and glass towers rising without setbacks above them. They could truly appreciate its entire form and height, as opposed to classicist buildings which rely solely on superficial detailing to attract attention and created an unimpressive impact from the base, due to the setbacks.

These days, you can sell any design by just warping the glass here and there. Not much thought is put into unity of form or pattern. But the real modernists, like Mies Van Der Rohe, put not only functionality (the only aspect classicist/postmodernists focus on, to build up to support their anti-modernist agenda, alongside calling them 'boxes' to distract from any appealing aspects of modernism) but also verticality, cleanliness, space, and lighting.

Lastly, the only reason I would guess modernist architecture had anything to do with 'control' (as anti-modernist propaganda claims) is the social housing blocks that everyone hates. These are NOT the epitomes of modernism. They were not built with the modernist philosophies in mind, instead they were built to allow for easy housing. Although some were built in the modernist style, they were left to deteriorate so badly due to the criminals and the insane that lived in them, that they ended up scary places and looking like dumps. These apartments are NOT what modernism is about.

Modernism is, once again, about the appreciation of clean forms, ines and use of space and lighting to create an effect, not 'control.'


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I agree with Salignaros about the concern he has..but he he is totally wrong about the possibilities of making green with modern architecture.

Modern architecture is almost always displayed without green plants nowadays that functionality had 60 years ago. It was also the very idea for Le Corbusiers Plan Voisin etc. to have maximum green environment.


Vertcal greenery systems are becoming very popular.

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Excellent article.

There is a reason humans decorate things. We are lovers of ornamentation. Nature is ornate and intricate, and being creatures of nature we will, if left to our own organic flow, create buildings that follow suit.
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