Modern Architecture

Only available on StudyMode
  • Topic: Space, Modernism, Architecture
  • Pages : 17 (556 words )
  • Download(s) : 683
  • Published : March 28, 2013
Open Document
Text Preview
Rakhshaan
 Qazi-­‐
 Modern
 Architecture,
 Essay
 two
 
 
  Four
 of
 the
 leading
 architects
 of
 the
 modernist
 period
 were
 Adolf
 Loos,
 Frank
  Lloyd
 Wright,
 Ludwig
 Mies
 Van
 der
 Rode,
 and
 Louis
 Kahn.
 These
 architects
 drew
  significantly
 from
 each
 other
 and
 explored
 similar
 ideas
 in
 their
 establishing
 of
 a
  new
 standard
 in
 approaching
 architecture.
 Decoration
 became
 a
 taboo
 while
  simpler
 and
 more
 functional
 forms
 took
 their
 place.
  I
 am
 going
 to
 be
 talking
 about
 Loius
 Kahn
 and
 how
 he
 is
 talked
 abut
 in
 different
  texts.
  Loius
 Kahn
 was
 both
 more
 subtle
 and
 radical
 than
 all
 the
 architects
 mentioned
 din
  his
 book
 so
 far.
 From
 early
 on
 Kahn
 was
 interested
 in
 housing
 reform
 movements
  and
 working
 on
 mostly
 government
 housing
 projects.
 Kahn
 strongly
 believed
 that
  there
 was
 a
 dire
 need
 for
 civic
 architecture,
 which
 would
 eventually
 ignite
 a
 sense
 of
  common
 purpose
 and
 democratic
 participation.
 Kahn
 went
 from
 the
 modernist
  tradition
 to
 a
 fusion
 of
 Viollet-­‐de-­‐Duc
 and
 neoclassicism.
 And
 eventually
 to
 a
 more
  or
 less,
 unchanging
 form
 types.
 His
 convergence
 between
 the
 two
 was
 suggested
 by
  platonic
 geometries
 found
 in
 nature.
 He
 strongly
 disagreed
 with
 the
 concept
 of
 a
  free
 plan,
 and
 believed
 in
 the
 aggregation
 of
 identical
 rooms,
 which
 broke
 down
  architecture
 to
 its
 most
 primitive
 unit
 of
 meaning.
  When
 Louis
 Kahn
 worked
 on
 a
 space,
 he
 would
 try
 to
 understand
 the
 spiritual
  quality
 of
 the
 spaces
 and
 put
 that
 into
 the
 materials
 that
 he
 used
 for
 the
 place.
 He’d
  pay
 specific
 attention
 to
 technical
 aspects
 of
 things
 and
 to
 work
 precisely.
 He
 had
  great
 control
 over
 the
 materials
 he
 used.
 He
 liked
 to
 think
 of
 his
 spaces
 as
 servant
  spaces,
 meaning
 that
 these
 were
 spaces
 in
 buildings
 that
 would
 serve
 other
 spaces
  and
 allow
 each
 other
 to
 exist.
 He
 believed
 strongly
 that
 architecture
 appeals
 to
 the
  community
 it
 serves
 as
 well
 as
 the
 already
 recognized
 structural
 functionality.
 He
  added
 that
 architecture
 should
 reveal
 the
 story
 of
 the
 construction
 through
  materiality.
 
  His
 major
 mission
 was
 to
 put
 the
 spiritual
 sense
 of
 the
 space
 into
 the
  material.
 He
 was
 trying
 to
 figure
 out
 how
 to
 materialize
 the
 spirituality
 of
 the
 space.
  He
tracking img