Technology, Abstraction and Ideas of Nature Essay

3338 Words Apr 13th, 2011 14 Pages
Coming to terms with modern architecture, we must read through such seminal statements through their sensibilities and societal myths which they exemplify. Now, we shall explore parallel themes to do with new myths of modernity, poetic expressions of technology, the reemergence of abstraction, and analogies between architecture and other realms such as minimalist sculpture, landscape art and nature. Architecture oscillates between the unique and the typical where the old and new may reunite in unexpected ways. Example, the Navarro Baldeweg’s Congress Hall in Salamanca which underlines the complexity of ideas, fantasies, memories and aspirations that may operate in a single function. If this interconnections work on the …show more content…
Koolhaas’s interest in the cinema as a key to modern experience was translated metaphorically into frames, screens and clips, and the facades of his buildings were sometimes designed to receive projections of changing electronic information. It was fashionable in the late 1980s to group together architects who used fragmented forms as “deconstructivist”. It was obvious that the implied connection between the Soviet Constructivism and the philosophy of deconstruction was a little more than an intellectual sleight of hand, and that there were several contrasting directions and theoretical agendas. Daniel Libeskind who had developed a private calligraphy of interwoven lines in the 1970s gradually evolved an architectural language which made use of tilting volumes and converging planes. His Jewish Museum (1989-96) wasa zigzag incision in which nothing was quite stable. Like a bolt of lightning bolt cutting through and several routes were overlaid in the complex geometry of both plan and section, each of them referring to different departures and transitions in Jewish history. In effect, Libeskind evolved a complex political metaphor in space, light, matter, and dematerialization to evoke the universality of Jewish civilization, and the void left in Western Culture by the destruction of the Jews in the 2nd World War.
In the late 1980s, fragmentations and layering were sometimes

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