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  • Title: The Function of Ornament
  • Author: Farshid Moussavi J. Seth Hoffman
  • ISBN: 9788496540507
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • Architecture needs mechanisms that allow it to become connected to culture It achieves this by continually capturing the forces that shape society as material to work with Architecture s materiality is therefore a composite one, made up of visible forces structural, functional, physical as well as invisible forces cultural, political, temporal Architecture progresseArchitecture needs mechanisms that allow it to become connected to culture It achieves this by continually capturing the forces that shape society as material to work with Architecture s materiality is therefore a composite one, made up of visible forces structural, functional, physical as well as invisible forces cultural, political, temporal Architecture progresses through new concepts that connect with these forces, manifesting itself in new aesthetic compositions and affects Ornament is the by product of this process, through which architectural material is organized to transmit unique affects This book is a graphic guide to ornaments in the twentieth century It unveils the function of ornament as the agent for specific affects, dismantling the idea that ornament is applied to buildings as a discrete or non essential entity Each case operates through greater or lesser depth to exploit specific synergies between the exterior and the interior, constructing an internal order between ornament and material These internal orders produce expressions that are contemporary, yet whose affects are resilient in time.
    The Function of Ornament Architecture needs mechanisms that allow it to become connected to culture It achieves this by continually capturing the forces that shape society as material to work with Architecture s materiality i

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    1. Exactly 100 years ago Loos wrote Ornament und Verbrechen One of his arguments is that the use of ornament causes an object to go out of style But if ornament can have function, as illustrated with several case studies in this book, then ornament begins to undergo an isomorphisim of meaning The beautifully done illustrations the majority from vector formats, do not allow materiality to become an issue The form of the ornament is of primary concern This allows the examined ornament to supersede qu [...]

    2. In August 2010 I realized I had begun to grow dissatisfied with my reading Rather than let myself fall into a slump, I decided to change direction My reading had become dictated by whatever I had picked up on a whim at the library and the ARCs I had to agreed to read and review on my blog With going back to school and realizing I would be having a lot of assigned reading and limited time due to homework, I needed to refocus my reading efforts I decided I would, to be the best of my efforts, star [...]

    3. I cant speak to whether this was a worthwhile graduate level studio or not, but certainly this is a nicely conceived assortment of precedent diagrams Set up as a taxonomy of materials and affects or effects I would think their title not mine , the diagrams are compelling and mostly informative As befits a studio or seminar type production, the selections are somewhat limited and random is Saarinen s London Embassy cladding structural in nature than LAB s Federation Square screen but I appreciat [...]

    4. I was expecting a little bit of text rather than just a breve introduction In terms of graphics the wall sections are not well detailed Yes is not a construction book but as an architect you know thats a plus Overall is good so 3 stars is fair enough.

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