BASIC READINGS FOR AN ARCHITECTURE STUDIO
Architecture is created, used and contemplated, but it is also read. Countless books, essays, articles and even poetry where references appear, especially because he is also a spectator of our human stages, being able to narrate, perhaps not in much detail, the how and why of the hands that in his time devised .
When we turn it into an ethnographic element, its horizons of study expand infinitely and become interesting for all, with or without technical interest for it, since at the end of the day it does nothing but describe and define the culture of each place. When we travel, without knowing it, we go in search of architecture.
That is why we want to dedicate a small stop along the way to review two texts that we consider absolutely essential for any architecture studio.
ORNAMENT AND CRIME (Adolf Loos)
Timeless and incisive. Adolf Loos reflects on the ornament and its historical evolution. He compares modern man with that of the fifteenth century, even with that of the Indonesian indigenous villages, the Papuas. This comparison of times serves as a means to reflect on the ornament and its deeper meaning, especially what it hides.
In a clear discourse in favor of simplicity and the eradication of the unnecessary, Loos comes to consider the ornament as a work force wasted, and therefore health. He also proclaims that from his point of view, the absence of ornamentation symbolizes spiritual strength.
Between the lines of this text hides a phrase that defines the society of today, and in particular the field of interior design and architecture.
"If all the objects could last as much from the aesthetic angle as the physical one, the consumer could pay a price that would enable the worker to earn more money and have to work less."
With no doubt, an insightful criticism of the fashions and the consumption system that we have created, where fashions allow increasing sales of lower quality products since they do not have the need to last over time. A bet at the same time for quality and timelessness.
We can not be more in agreement with the philosophy of quality and durability, where we try that the simplicity of our spaces becomes the true ornament.
AESTHETIC OF THE ENGINEER, ARCHITECTURE (Le Corbusier)
Contextualized in 1923, where Le Corbusier considered that architecture was going through a period of decline due to the loss of its eternal values, Vers une Architecture was published, from which this fragment is extracted. In spite of this decadence to which Le Corbusier refers, he also glimpsed a new panorama, that of the new machine culture, where the first allusions of a correct modern language appeared.
It was then for Le Corbusier a great opportunity and challenge to mediate between the eternal and this new stage, and thus give base and create modern architecture. In his fragment, as an index and even as a list, without too much literature, he reflects on the aesthetics of the engineer, the aesthetics of the eternal for modern engineers.
Divide your text into concise titles that contain subtitles and concise definitions; Three warnings to the architects, The regulatory tracings, Eyes that do not see, Architecture and Houses in series.
In these paragraphs we can observe the desire of Le Corbusier not to lose traditional values, but also the ability to understand and analyze the moment that architecture passes and the imminent change in its methodologies.