Preservation Roundup: Afternoon Architecture Edition

Posted on: March 2nd, 2009 by Matt Ringelstetter

Preserving the Brutal: "Many of the preservation problems were due to Rudolph's "modernism." Boldly unconventional in concept, plan, materials and execution, the building's untested and experimental components had not only disintegrated beyond repair, but were inferior to subsequent advances in basic building technology. It made no sense, nor was it possible, to seek matching replacements. The structure was essentially stripped to its frame and rebuilt." [The Wall Street Journal]

Architecture During Wartime: American architecture during World War II is often overshadowed by pre-war styles and post-war modernism. Architectural historian Richard Anderson argues that production during the second World War "was a key moment in the process of modernization, and manifold issues are raised by the preparation of war, the total mobilization of territories and cities and their eventual occupation, destruction and reconstruction." [a456]

Looking For a Daily Dose?: Check out "A Daily Dose of Architecture," a blog that features images and thoughts on a wide array of architectural examples. Today's photo shows the construction of Adler and Sullivan's Wainwright building in St. Louis, Missouri. [A Daily Dose]

100 Years of the Futurist Manifesto: Rejecting all things "old," Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's Futurist Manifesto of 1909 laid the groundwork for Benito Mussolini's Fascismo political movement of the 1920's--It also inspired an entire style of art and even architecture. The themes put forth by Marinetti sounds extremely brutal and raw, especially due to our ability to see what terrible consequences resulted from the political implementation of his ideas. The language expressing the love of speed, power, movement, and virility, however, is remarkably vivid. A few examples from the Futurist Manifesto: 2. The essential elements of our poetry will be courage, daring, and revolt. 4. We declare that the world's wonder has been enriched by a fresh beauty: the beauty of speed. A racing car with its trunk adorned by great exhaust pipes like snakes with an explosive breath... References to race cars and speed sound really cool, but I can't say I'd agree with, We want to demolish museums, libraries, fight against moralism, feminism, and all opportunistic and utilitarian cowardices. [anArchitecture ]

Avant-Garden Landscape Architecture: Christian Barnard's landscape architecture blog points out 10 "avant-garden" architects that have made a difference in the field. [ChrstianBarnard]

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