Thursday, 2 February 2017

Horrible Contrasting Architecture

I haven't walked the promenade by Lake Mjøsa for a long time, and found that the modernists have destroyed the nice view to the grand old Rudolf Steiner School here at Gjøvik. It gave me such a peace of mind, almost like watching the lake.

The modernists mission is to destroy all harmony in the world, especially with contrasting old architecture. Oh, they are soooooooo cooooooool. Sorry, I don't like to be cool, and to impose your coolness on me is highly impolite. I want peace of mind, nothing else!

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"The circumstances of the global economy direct the ebb and flow of intellectual and cultural exchange throughout the world. Skewed by the influence of media-­driven societies, the architectural stage has become rigidly set by concepts and imagery that are disconnected not only from their immediate users, but also equally from other cultures. It is becoming more and more evident that architects today are not the masters of their own profession. Architecture has become the near exclusive domain of the so-called “Star Architect” (starchitect in common usage). As such, today’s architecture no longer conveys the collective richness of culture or regional identity, but instead propagates the singular ideals of those with the greatest Star power or influence." - The Science of Intelligent Architecture (with Kenneth Masden and Nikos A. Salingaros)

"The human mind readily recognizes and seeks out coherent information in our surroundings. Meaning extracted from raw information found in our immediate environment tells us whether a place is either healthy and nourishing, or deleterious and dangerous. Intelligence processes this information to make it meaningful, and links humans to the physical reality that our eye-brain system perceives. This is a crucial aspect of how we establish our sense of wellbeing. As sentient beings, we are neurologically driven to look for certain kinds of structure in the informational fields that surround us. Information processing is the key element in making decisions such as fight-­or-­flight, to more complex synaptic engagements, which render a greater quality to our life." - The Science of Intelligent Architecture (with Kenneth Masden and Nikos A. Salingaros)

"During the second part of the twentieth century, people were told that creativity depended upon throwing off any preconceptions one might have. This is a misleading concept. Creativity is intelligent only when we have general working 6 principles to build upon. Unguided design only leads to fancy or frustration, which in turn forces designers to copy something already realized or make something up arbitrarily. Today’s architects are psychologically conditioned to turn away from traditional-looking solutions, yet are not given the design tools to create purposeful human environments. What is left, for most, is to copy what the currently fashionable starchitects are designing. With such a frustrated mind, you inevitably copy, or unintelligibly emulate, what is assumed to be originality in others. In so doing, the quest for originality turns into mindless conformity or pure flight of fancy." - The Science of Intelligent Architecture (with Kenneth Masden and Nikos A. Salingaros)

"Creativity, driven by human intelligence, has been the source of the incredible richness of cultures throughout history. Human beings ceaselessly strive to give form to their advancing intelligence in the complexity and organization of their greatest cultural expressions. Unfortunately, in the last century of human development, social, political, and economic dynamics eroded both culture and identity. In the struggle to demystify the world around us, nature and all that it offers through direct engagement has been supplanted by ego and avarice (Masden & Salingaros, 2014). While industrialization may lead to advancement in a society, it does not advance culture. Objects that are mass-­produced to universal standards cast off deep inner needs (biological, physical, and mental) in humans. Yet, in the rush to clear away what were seen as useless relics of the past, the significance and purpose of genuine cultural expressions was overlooked. To this day people continue to mindlessly throw away some of humankind’s most valuable artifacts, buildings, and traditions — as if they were cleaning out accumulated junk." - The Science of Intelligent Architecture (with Kenneth Masden and Nikos A. Salingaros)

"Cynics observe destruction of the built environment (coupled with a breakdown of human values) with detachment, by not getting emotionally involved. They accept a turning away from complex inherited values as an inevitable simplification of contemporary humanity. The more intellectual among them come up with arguments involving “novelty”, “progress”, and “expressiveness”, which serve only to justify their own insensitivity (Salingaros, 2004). Those among us who see a tragic loss for civilization, and try to reverse it, are branded as romantics and conservatives. But far from being either romantic or conservative, people who value human qualities embedded in cultural artifacts are in fact exhibiting a greater sense of intelligent awareness". - The Science of Intelligent Architecture (with Kenneth Masden and Nikos A. Salingaros)
"The global business-industrial complex has identified itself with a narrow architectural style. Ensnared in the western paradigm where the perception of architectural novelty is mistaken for progress, many countries have fallen victims to this image-based architecture, further encouraging the commodification of form. The official media imply that this is somehow better than what is deemed non-modern. As each new architectural frenzy fades, its telling marks are forever imprinted on those who must live and work in the shadow of its products. If we look more closely at the phenomenon of “signature” architecture we will see that, contrary to its claims of giving greater significance to “place”, it actually subverts a true sense of place through a loss of identity. When considering cities with “signature” buildings, what comes to mind first are those buildings’ images, not the people and places that constitute the real culture of these localities." - The Science of Intelligent Architecture (with Kenneth Masden and Nikos A. Salingaros)

"Everyday people intuitively perceive contemporary architecture and urbanism to be disconnected from, and opposed to, traditional human values that they hold sacred. Many see the destructive process of 20th Century architecture as a combative gesture towards all traditional cultures, values, and beliefs (Salingaros, 2006). Such practices present an affront to many religions and cultures, by negating the forms of their architectural expressions. Modernist forms counteract the basic principle of connecting an individual to the universe — hence to God — by denying a more traditional incorporation of color, sculpture, and calligraphy. Temples, mosques, and churches conveying meaning via polychrome sculptures, tile work, reliefs, frescoes, and mosaics are deemed by modernist designers to have no place in the “industrial” world order." - The Science of Intelligent Architecture (with Kenneth Masden and Nikos A. Salingaros)

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