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Another response to Misfits: Edges

By Robert Bedner, May 10 2019 09:22AM

As one of your older readers my generation was in architecture school in the 1980s. Some of us were looking back in the midst of Post modernism to the 50s/60s for inspiration with Louis Kahn or Aldo Van Eyck or Herman Hertzberger and as well everything happening in London at that time.

In an external way, one of the themes here is the relationship of architecture and the built environment to nature. and the vast majority of the projects covered in this post were created at a time when oil and energy and the use and exploitation of nature were either thought to be limitless or at least issues that did not need to be addressed. I wonder how many of these designers would have reacted to the massive loss of biodiversity and the 6th extinction event that is now happening on the planet – (https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/12/what-is-biodiversity-and-why-does-it-matter-to-us).

In an internal way and a way of how our internal life can be affected by our surroundings and relationship to nature, few of these proposals express a love for nature as much as nature as commodity to be exploited and although there is a beautiful craft to the images in Lebbeus Woods work there is for me an undeniable nihilism and the foregone conclusion that indeed the planet has finally been consumed and nature and our relationship to it completely severed.In any event, I think these designs and images need to be seen in the context of the time they were created in.

Many times in these images and designs its always the same edge occurring with a wall or form smashing into some placeless landscape. Perhaps it is this edge (for better or for worse) which will ultimately define western culture on this earth.

Theres a brilliant interview of Frank Lloyd Wright on You Tube at the moment – at the age of 88 – speaking about architecture and nature and culture –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeKzIZAKG3E

Again, many thanks for the post.

Robert Bedner

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