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"Before heaven and earth were born, Solitary and silent, Stands alone and unchanging, Pervading all things without limit. It is like the mother of all things under heaven, But I don't know its name - Better call it TAO, Better call it great." (Lao Tzu)
History is a catalogue of facts, but facts explain nothing and certainly not the origin of those very same facts. The emergence of whole new architectures cannot be explained by simply describing the buildings that define the character of the new architecture. The question is as usual 'why'. Why this as against that? Why these characteristics as against any other? The emergence and development of a new architecture and its eventual disintegration demands a new kind of explanation for these events. That explanation involves a recognition that new architectures emerge from a recombination of the old and a recombination produced by numerous architects each attempting to solve their own particular problems by selection, adaptation and combination of previous work to produce the new. Linking this mass of individual work to the emergence and development of architectures is the main theme of this book. The only coherent way to do this is to use Evolutionary and Complexity Theory which explains how the interaction of many agents within a system results in a consensus of form; in one case a species and in another, a style. Even with the same design processes different environmental conditions produce the emergence or decline of architectures.
Based on these theories this book explains the emergence and development of Modern Architecture and its final disintegration into the diversity of style evident in the Postmodern era.
Oh, by the way, forget the generative role of the avant-garde. They were in all cases behind the curve in terms of what the mass of architects were doing to solve their own unique problems. What the avant-garde did was to filter out of that mass of work clear cut and sometimes beautiful models of what was possible.
Remember: architecture is not buildings. Buildings are material objects. Architecture is the information that characterizes those buildings.
Cover design for the book. Check out Amazon (Kindle) for this masterpiece. (Sorry I meant this book). To read the first chapter go to left sidebar and select: 'Evolution of Modern Architecture - On the Origin of Styles'
No. Not Modern (or PostModern) architecture. Built in the 1950s. The humanity of it.
I am getting tired of the 'iconic' buildings which litter almost all cities rejecting their urban texture, their unity and diversity.
Its not just a question of size. The city now becomes a collection, an assemblage of objects. Needless to say, the architects who build these things take great pleasure in visiting and photographing old cities and walking their textured and beautiful streets.
By the way, the dog is mine. Her name is Truffles.
5 pen and ink drawings for an exhibition in May this year.
Apart from the lower right drawing they are fantasized versions of where I live in Singapore.
Enjoyable and therapeutic to produce. All A3 size. Okay, they are obsessive, but deliberately so. A world of details. (One lady while viewing them said "Are you autistic?" Yes maam! I am today. Tomorrow, who knows).
26 3 storey apartment blocks plus a lot of semi-detached houses.
Built by the British army in the 1950s it is now an oasis of peace and quiet in the intensity of Singapore.
People do their jogging here, go for walks, walk the dog and take a helluva lot of photographs including wedding photo shots.
Outside my balcony is a jackfruit tree where we have squirrels, golden oriols and other birds I dont recognize AND recently an irritating macaque monkey who the raided my kitchen (little bastard).
3 minutes away we have the Colbar coffee shop. Food and drink and a 50 year old standard on the estate. Tiger beer and Western and Chinese food run by Mr. And Mrs Lim who were serving British National servicemen 50 years ago.
For the full range of pictures click on 'Wessex Estate Singapore' on the 'Personal Albums' category on the left hand column.