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Old October 3rd, 2009, 07:24 PM   #1
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Why does artsy conceptualism exist?

While traditional architecture might be linked to craft, from gothic to modern, a lot of what schools of Today teach is conceptualism.
There is a tendency that studios sometimes exist not as means of integrating core design knowledge: structures, aesthetics, proportion, materials, program, but as abstract graphical projects all year round, including film, collage, poetry. RIBA gold medal winner Ted Cullinan even goes as far as saying "Architecture is not about Buildings". The RIBA presidents medal student award winners are as a rule very abstract, one could dare to say not practical (http://www.presidentsmedals.com/).
Some Architects say that students lack practicality, cost awaereness, some students indicate that coming to practice, they have to learn how to actually make buildings. Although - at the same time Daniel Libeskind and Frank Gehry who prefer unknown to understood, emotional to rational, are successful architects.
There must be a reason behind this?
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 07:50 PM   #2
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Maybe it´s about the simbolism of architecture in our world. Archicteture is overall, when talking about important buildings, about what it means for society, how it represents the identity and the aspirations of some society. Talking about my country, Brazil, I have to remember how modernist architecture was important to design the identity of a country trying to leave its colonial past and looking for a modern more progressist country (a process that started in the 1930s).
Well, it´just a tip, the first thing that came to my mind when thinking about the theme.
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