Between Culture and Form

Only available on StudyMode
  • Topic: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Trigraph, Bauhaus
  • Pages : 30 (1975 words )
  • Download(s) : 258
  • Published : April 12, 2013
Open Document
Text Preview
Yale University, School of Architecture

Critical Architecture: Between Culture and Form
Author(s): K. Michael Hays
Source: Perspecta, Vol. 21 (1984), pp. 14-29
Published by: The MIT Press on behalf of Perspecta.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1567078 .
Accessed: 07/04/2013 21:18
Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at . http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp

.
JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org.

.

Yale University, School of Architecture and The MIT Press are collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to Perspecta.

http://www.jstor.org

This content downloaded from 142.151.140.152 on Sun, 7 Apr 2013 21:18:24 PM All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions

K. Michael ays
H

Critical rchitecture
A
C
a
Between ulture nd Form

as
a
That architecture, activity nd
a
knowledge,is fundamentally
culturalenterprise ayhardly eema
s
m
contentious roposition. nd yet
A
p
t
questionsconcerningheprecisenature
i
b
of the reciprocalnfluencesetween
cultureand architecturalorm ring
f
b
and
o
opposingtheories farchitecture its
into
interpretation forcefullay.'
p
a
In thisessayI shall examine critical
o
t
architecture,ne resistanto theselfo
confirming,onciliatoryperations fa
c
o
c
a
t
dominant ulture nd yetirreducibleo
f
s
a purely ormal tructureisengaged
d
from hecontingenciesfplace and
t
o
time. A reinterpretationa few
of
projectsby Mies van derRohe will
o
a
e
provide xamples fa critical rchitecture
a
the
thatclaimsforitself place between
efficientepresentation preexisting
of
r
d
culturalvaluesand thewholly etached
ofan abstract ormal ystem.
f
s
autonomy
r
o
The proposition fa critical ealm
c
a
i
between ulture nd form s notso
o
v
muchan extension freceived iews
as
of interpretation it is a challenge
to thoseviewsthatclaim to exhaust
architectural eaningin considerations
m
ofonlyone side or theother.It will be
to
t
helpful, herefore, beginwitha brief
reviewof two prevalentnterpretive
i
t
perspectiveshatmakejustsucha claim.
Mies van der Rohe
Friedrichstrasse
project
charcoaldrawing
1919

15

This content downloaded from 142.151.140.152 on Sun, 7 Apr 2013 21:18:24 PM All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions

ii

/

"-

I

i

It,.

i;

?

!1

S

p

?

i

I,

?

i

'i
.

"

aS

?

i

fi

i

1

to

!

iil

'4

This content downloaded from 142.151.140.152 on Sun, 7 Apr 2013 21:18:24 PM All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions

.
i

,

,

-

."

Architecturean
as
instrumentculture
of

Architecture
as

form
autonomous

The oppositepositionbeginswiththe
o
The first ositionemphasizes ulture
c
The temporal onvention f
c
p
t
thisview,
o
t
as the cause and content f built
is,
assumption hattheonlyalternativeo a
interpretation on
is seenas
factual ecoveryftheoriginating
t
A
o
then,
strict,
form; he taskof theinterpreter,
retrospective. rchitecture
r
t
o
becomesthestudyofobjectsand
alreadycompleted; hecriticor historian situationis the renunciationfa single a
a
of
as
t
environments signs,symptoms,
?truth,>>and advocates proliferation
attempts o restore n architectural
based solelyon form.
o
v
and instrumentsf cultural alues.
interpretations
object to its originalmeaning.
m
t
is
is
t
On thisview architecture essentially Misunderstanding presumed o arise Interpretations ade from hissecond
o
an epiphenomenon, ependent n
b
b
d
positionare characterizedy the
naturally ecauseof...
tracking img