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noahlitvin

"When Modern architects righteously abandoned ornament on buildings, they unconsciously designed buildings that were ornament.... They substituted for the innocent and inexpensive practice of applied decoration on a conventional shed the rather cynical and expensive distortion of program and structure... It is all right to decorate construction but never construct decoration" (from "Learning from Las Vegas: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form")

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Sep 20, 13 11:26 am

“It is alright to decorate construction but never construct decoration.”

― Pugin, Augustus Welby Northmore

Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1 March 1812 – 14 September 1852) was an English architect, designer, artist and critic, chiefly remembered for his pioneering role in the Gothic Revival style. wiki

LOL

Sep 20, 13 1:31 pm
gruen

I need me one of them fake passport!

Sep 20, 13 4:54 pm
Quondam

The entire quotation reads:

When Modern architects righteously abandoned ornament on buildings, they unconsciously designed buildings that were ornament. In promoting Space and Articulation over symbolism and ornament, they distorted the whole building into a duck. They substituted for the innocent and inexpensive practice of applied decoration on a conventional shed the rather cynical and expensive distortion of program and structure to promote a duck; minimegastructures are mostly ducks.

It is now time to reevaluate the once-horrifying statement of John Ruskin that architecture is the decoration of construction, but we should append the warning of Pugin: It is all right to decorate construction but never construct decoration.

--This is essentially the last paragraph of Learning from Las Vegas, specifically the end of "Theory of Ugly and Ordinary and Related and Contrary Theories" (page 163, 2nd edition).

 

It really didn't matter whether construction was decorated or decoration was constructed, and it still doesn't matter. Architects can design in any way (or style) they want.

 

Sep 20, 13 6:19 pm
Erik Evens (EKE)

Ornament is an act of love, a token of esteem.  We adorn what we revere.

Sep 20, 13 8:37 pm

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