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Once condemned by Modernism and compared to a crime by Adolf Loos, ornament has made a spectacular return in contemporary architecture This is typified by the works of well known architects such as Herzog de Meuron, Sauerbruch Hutton, Farshid Moussavi Architecture and OMA There is no doubt that these new ornamental tendencies are inseparable from innovations in computer technology The proliferation of developments in design software has enabled architects to experiment afresh with texture, colour, pattern and topology Though inextricably linked with digital tools and culture, Antoine Picon argues that some significant traits in ornament persist from earlier Western architectural traditions These he defines as the subjective the human interaction that ornament requires in both its production and its reception and the political Contrary to the message conveyed by the founding fathers of modern architecture, traditional ornament was not meant only for pleasure It conveyed vital information about the designation of buildings as well as about the rank of their owners As such, it participated in the expression of social values, hierarchies and order By bringing previous traditions in ornament under scrutiny, Picon makes us question the political issues at stake in todays ornamental revival What does it tell us about present day culture Why are we presently so fearful of meaning in architecture Could it be that by steering so vehemently away from symbolism, contemporary architecture is evading any explicit contribution to collective values...

Title : Ornament: The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity
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ISBN : 1119965950
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Wiley 1 edition May 6, 2013
Number of Pages : 168 pages
File Size : 688 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Ornament: The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity Reviews

  • wf
    2019-01-25 01:23

    Excellent ! I high recommend this book for all researchers interested in contemporary architecture under historical view about ornamentation.

  • Michael R. Kellner
    2019-02-11 19:15

    This looks like a book about contemporary ornament, doesn't it? It's not. Only a few photos are of contemporary ornamentation, the rest of it is historical. If that's not what you were after, try "Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques" by Lisa Iwamoto