not just a modernist
29 January 2012
There seems to be a misunderstanding about those of us who think of ourselves as modernist architects. Some think that we only appreciate or like modern architecture. It is the palette we prefer when we design and we talk about those projects the most. Nevertheless, if that is what you think then you really don’t know us very well. That would be a bit like…
…listening to one type of music
…liking only one type of food
…having only one favorite color
…playing or following only one sport
…having only one friend
I believe it is really difficult to appreciate modern architecture without knowing where we’ve come from and where we’ve been. Despite the attempt to break from the past, we can’t ignore the past since it’s our source for learning, precedent, inspiration, form, and even failures.
I love all of these giants of the past. They had real attitude and they set the course to where we are today. Despite the complex forms, beautiful details and rich ornament, I still prefer clean lines, great composition, and those crazy round black glasses. I just can’t help myself.
The only problem we have now is we need a new name. Modern architecture is now historic architecture, so what does that make us? Traditionalists? Historicists?
Today’s architecture needs a new name. Got any ideas?
photos are from the Wikimedia Commons (used under the Creative Common License)