Monthly Archives: September 2009

LIght Machines: Le Corbusier

Top: Brussells Pavilion by Le Corbusier and Iannis Xenakis ( A fascinating electronic musician) Bottom: Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier. “Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light.” Le Corbusier “The house is a … Continue reading

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Utilitas, Firmitas, Venustas

Top: Boullee: Cenotaph to Newton. Bottom: Durand building modules. “Shall I, like Vitruvius, define architecture as the art of building? No, for this would be to confuse causes and effects. The effects of architecture are caused by light.” Etienne Louis … Continue reading

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The Reverse Diaspora

Zonnestraal Sanitorium by Jan Duiker “The architect who builds in the international style seeks to display the true character of his construction and to express clearly his provision for function. He prefers such an organization…as will increase rather than contradict … Continue reading

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My Back Pages

Mediatheque Sketch by Andrew Ryan Gleeson   “I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.” – Bob Dylan I was looking through an old college sketchbook recently and found a diagram relating the overarching concept of a … Continue reading

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Mies Van Der Rohe – The Liar

“Just as Sullivan , over half a century earlier, had adjusted appearances to express an idea of structure, so Mies ‘lied in order to tell the truth’ about the steel frame. William J. R. Curtis- Modern Architecture Since 1900 The … Continue reading

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Part I: The Lying Truth

“BUILDING. We know no formal problems, only building problems. Form is not the goal, but the result of our work. There is no form in itself.” -Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe “Function is, of course, the primary element, but function … Continue reading

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