??? Why would anyone remember what Charles said last week ???
I am glad you put “mean” in quotes because the idea that a building should mean anything more than what it does strikes me as foolish and a gilding the lily. What more profound meaning can a house have than "home"? Or a hospital than "comfort" or "care"? Things mean what they do. The pseudo-intellectualizing of design is the enemy of good architecture.
Ourousoff is matched in his own high standard of irrelevance by his subject, Woods; both Ourousoff and Woods are irrelevant to the architectural and planning issues of the day.
Ourousoff's judge fails whenever it comes down to earth. I think Archigram did stimulating, fun stuff but it too in its own day -- much less now -- has simply nothing of importance to say because, if for now other reason, it can't and shouldn't be built.
Saying that Nicolai Ouroussoff agrees with Charles Mudede is like saying a Honda Civic functions the same as a vaguely round pebble.
No no no. Buildings are supposed to be practical for the activities that happen in and around them. "Meaning" actually is the icing on the cake.
Not that it's not important for a building to have meaning, but "practicalism" is the best thing to have happened to architecture in a long time, and if it were a movement, I'd join it.
Architecture coverage only inspires Ayn Rand fans. Cut it out.
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