Sep '06 - Dec '09
A series of questions that have risen in my Situating the Modern class:
-How did the vernacular influence modernism? How does that square off with the modernist claim of a break with the past and tradition?
-What do these buildings have to teach us about it?
Corb - Villa Mandrot:
Sert - Miro's atelier:
Sedad Eldem - Social Security Agency:
-Why are the issues of modernism, national identity, and the vernacular more often raised when looking at the architecture of 'modern' architects in developing countries? (barragan in mexico, correa in india, corb in chandigarh, neimeyer in brazil, kahn in bangladesh, porro in cuba, etc...)
Today I wrote down this quote from an intra-war period italian architect:
"The national (vernacular) is about climate and ethics, the international (modern) is about technology"
Finally, as a reaction to that quote, with environmentally engaging building design becoming more important, and in many places the law, does it mean we should take a new serious look at the vernacular (through the lense of the modern?) for contemporary design?