ruminations about architecture and design

Thursday, May 18, 2017

a field of stone

The transition of the use of stone as a load bearing material to a light-weight veneer is one of the greatest conceptual changes in the history of architecture. People probably perceive of the walls of buildings as structural, and several generations of modern architects have enjoyed challenging that attitude with building claddings that reek of instability--glass in large sheets being the most obvious tactic.

Building exteriors are more sophisticated, but less visually important. Form is valued over materiality, and craft is underappreciated. 

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