2000.05.14

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classical/modern

classical/modern
2000.03.10

Hugh Pearman in two recent posts wrote:

"Architectural operating systems (as opposed to surface styling) are predominantly Gothic or Classical."

"what I called the 'architectural operating system' as a deliberate computer analogy -- might clarify rather than confuse, for me if nobody else."

I suggest a wholly other batch of "architectural operating systems" that derive from the morphology and physiology of our own bodies, the machines that we are instead of the machines that computers are.

Some architectures are extreme.
Some architectures are fertile.
Some architectures are pregnant.
Some architectures are assimilating.
Some architectures are metabolic.
Some architectures are osmotic.
Some architectures are electro-magnetic.
Some architectures are total frequency.

Figuring out what buildings/architects fit in which category(s) may well be the ultimate architectural parlor game. (hint: Classical is high fertility and Gothic is early pregnancy)

Hugh also made reference to the notion of architects having "to have his or her 'personal myth' to believe in and guide them." For what its worth, I have "discovered" my own myth, and its called The Timepiece of Humanity or the theory of chronosomatics.

Stephen Lauf



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