The Vanishing Point of Modern Architecture

13 de enero de 2014   | Vistas: 3 |  

Preston Scott Cohen explores the evolution of architecture’s guiding principles throughout history. Over the years, a transitional, dissociative movement has periodically removed the architect’s sense of authorship and has lead to a divorce between the inside of a building and its outside. The architect is reduced to a creator of facades, or “performative envelopes” that do not relate to the purpose and inside of the structure, and break with the environment.

Scott Cohen explores architecture as a medium that is comparable to art and film, and describes the root of this problem in the necessity of succession, both in cities’ horizontal distributions and in buildings that stack vertically. He describes historical solutions to the problem, from Leonardo Da Vinci’s introduction of hierarchy to Frank Lloyd Wright’s spiraling stacks at The Guggenheim. He finally introduces his own technique, with tilted ribbon windows inspired in the Le Corbusier's fenetre en longueur, and buildings that have a close relationship with the environment and shift authorship to the medium.

Distorting the convention makes it evident, he says. In order to oppose the norm, the architect must reclaim the design of both the interior and the outside, and revise the association of buildings to their surroundings.


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Universidad Francisco Marroquín