Building In Iron, Building In Eisenbeton Analysis

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The excerpt from the writing Bauen in Frankreich, Bauen in Eisen, Bauen in Eisenbeton (Building in France, Building in Iron, Building in Ferroconcrete) by Sigfried Giedion, though broken up into many sections, has a cohesive theme that is written throughout the piece. Giedion’s main point conveyed is the juxtaposition between many parallel elements, all in relation to the changing architectural field in the nineteenth century: the ideas of the individual versus the collective, the ability to industrialize a process and retire the more rudimentary method of handcrafted form, and the struggle to create a uniqueness when conformity was desired.
The layout of the piece, graphically, is arranged in a standard format but breaks away from the consistency
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The vast majority of people, hold the future as being the most important. However, it is noted that though historian is tasked with a different objective than the common perception. That role had become misconstrued, what was once a role to focus on the similarities between different parts of the past had now become a way to make events of the present less significant, by blurring their implication prominently during the time of the nineteenth century.
Industry and its impact became prominently featured during the time of the Industrial Revolution in the 1800’s. These ‘historicizing masks’ were employed, obscuring many fields of intellectual thought, like architecture. At this time, there began an innovative development, what later titled as ‘new architecture,’ and would only become apparent by the architects of the twentieth century that continued the already existing trend established the century prior. In the introduction, the progression from handicraft to industrial approach is made known establishing the theme of the material to
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This relationship stayed firm until the nearing of the end of the century. Giedion quotes directly from notable dialect from different periods of time to show the main idea of the relationship and the public’s perception of the two fields. In short, attitude shifted: engineers became preferred by the community, the architect was predicted to be one day surpassed by the engineer, or the two professions becoming one. The engineer, or constructor as written in the piece, is mostly anonymous and unknowable with the passing of time, though there existed what is broken down into two generations, the pioneers who had only a vision of an idea with very little being able to be brought into final form, and those that followed and were able to revalue at their work in constructed and completed

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