Architecture of the Absurd4:21 PM
Don’t care much for architecture? I didn’t too. Until I learned that architecture is the type of art that concerns even those who proclaim to have no interest in art. After all, we all need houses, bridges, universities and so on. The ideal is that we have buildings that are both beautiful and fit for their purposes. We are getting neither, according to John Silber in his book Architecture of the Absurd.
This great book analyses the attempts of some architects to make their “genius” prevail over the clients’ needs, desires or budgets. Filled with illustrations and personal examples (the author was the President of Boston University and is a member of the American Institute of Architects) the book dares to question these delicate genius* who are making our cities so ugly and our lives less comfortable.
The author also invites us to look at these modern buildings with a challenging and critical eye. (It’s Ok not to like the Pyramid in front of the Louvre). He reassures us that we don’t need to accept what’s new and different (not to mention crazy and ugly) just because architects are bullying us to.
What do you think of modern architecture, such as the pyramid in Louvre’s courtyard?
* This is not my expression, nor the author’s. It’s George Constanza’s. I know he is referring to doctors, but I think it applies here too – not on George’s side who always pretended to be an architect.