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The Mental Disorders that Gave Us Modern Architecture

This is an interesting fragment. What a peculiar century was the twentieth.



The Mental Disorders that Gave Us Modern Architecture

http://commonedge.org/the-mental-dis...-architecture/

How did modern architecture happen? How did we evolve so quickly from architecture that had ornament and detail, to buildings that were often blank and devoid of detail? Why did the look and feel of buildings shift so dramatically in the early 20th century? History holds that modernism was the idealistic impulse that emerged out of the physical, moral and spiritual wreckage of the First World War. While there were other factors at work as well, this explanation, though undoubtedly true, tells an incomplete picture.

Recent advances in neuroscience point to another important factor: one reason modern architecture looked so different than past constructions was because its key 20th century founders literally didn’t see the world in a “typical” fashion. They couldn’t. Their brains had been either physically altered by the trauma of war or, like Le Corbusier, they had a genetic brain disorder. And while their recommendations for “good design”—a new world, a clean slate—certainly reflected their talent, ambition, and drive, their remedies also reflected their brains’ specific disorders.

In recent years, several authors and physicians have described the father of modernism, Le Corbusier (1887-1965), the Swiss-French architect, as autistic. Writers, such as the critic and psychiatrist Anthony Daniels, and the biographer Nicholas Fox Weber, have come to the conclusion that the Swiss-French architect met the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They’ve chronicled his impaired social communications, repetitive behaviors, abnormal fixations (including a fascination with concrete), and apparent absence of interest in others.

“For all his genius, Le Corbusier remained completely insensitive to certain aspects of human existence,” Weber writes in Le Corbusier: A Life (Knopf 2008). “His fervent faith in his own way of seeing blinded him to the wish of people to retain what they most cherish (including traditional buildings) in their everyday lives.”
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what i see (and then the other thing in the next post which is probably more to the heart of the matter) are not the problems of modernism (on the ground) but how terribly (in america) bungled post-modernism and mass produced contemporary architecture is. the stuff that came after the mass production flirtation with residential modernism which actually wasn't so bad (i think it was actually good). its really a shame that the split-levels came so quickly, i wonder what it was, vietnam? we gave up on caring about things like good light for phat carpeting.

maybe im just a mentally ill modernist apologist. now for the record i really dislike corbusier architecture and his butthole ideas as applied to urban planning...i'm a glass, steel and greenery guy. i hate concrete...ages terribly, too.


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i really believe that they (mies etc) really had something there in chicago and others elsewhere.


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"this is how we all shall live."

the problem was when the modernists thought that they knew something better about how to build an entire city. it would have been nice to see more modern architecture formatted for the city instead of the way so much was discarded. they really fucked up in that dept and poisoned the thinking of a couple generations of urban planners. in the end they did a great disservice to the good ideas of modern architecture itself and arguably contributed to a half-plunge of the usa into an architectural/planning dark age.
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I'd like to see a city built by autistic people. I'm s little autistic and I think square buildings are boring. I think real tall buildings are ugly. Unless I'm watching a cyberpunk movie. New technology would be big. Like driverless busses that can turn into a few smaller busses and a care that can turn into two enclosed motorcycles.
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The neglect to mention the influence of Asian architecture and principles of design (Feng Shui) on modernism is a bit frustrating. While this article has it's points, its not as if these ideas existed in a vacuum. But you know, Western History FTW as always.
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I like modernist architecture. In fact I much prefer the building to the right at the top of the page of the article than the traditional one on the left.

The problem with modern architecture isn't its form IMO, but the fact that it was built at a time of urban decline in the West. You can see this in Asia, where no such decline occurred, where modern buildings exist seamlessly within an urban, walkable environment.
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As Segun mentioned Coubousier and other modern theorists went to Japan and Morocco to source modernist styles based on zen ascetism and funtionalism.




http://socks-studio.com

http://socks-studio.com


http://rosafrei.photoshelter.com/image/I0000dmrdosse_ss



20th Century Moroccan modernism:


http://architectureofdoom.tumblr.com/


www.archisearch.gr


This was an aesthetic (if modernism truly was funtionalism Courbousier would have built the sloping roofs for rainwater - in the event he was periodically sued due to water damage from his buildings). And why modernism fits in fluidly, and looks homegrown to the Japanese, while is done to whitewashed perfection in Morocco - both having had 700 years of refining it.

Not many people have noticed this, but our modern interiors today are Japanese:


https://www.pinterest.com/pin/7107311891500221/, www.designingcity.com

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/7107311891500221/, www.designingcity.com


Moroccan version


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