Originally Posted by designprofessor
I don't disagree, but it seems that historical quotation is inevitable with architecture. It seems to be the norm rather than the exception.
Even when you don't get historical quotation, and somone offers a bit of new "form" to architecture, people once again complain. I'm refering to the current dissention toward someone like Frank Gehry.
It will be interesting to see as contemporary architectural forms break away from "the cube" if they will be accused of copying Gehry?
DP, do you get much of this down your way? Because what people are complaining about here in LA has as much to do with historical quotation in architecture as this
does with sartorial historical quotation. What we're overrun with here is aggressively shoddy, cheap mini-mall quality construction in a faux Tuscan style. If it were just a matter of Tuscan architectural stylings being used out of context, that would be one thing. In LA, you can find examples of pretty much every architectural style used out of context, sometimes to good effect and sometimes not so much. But this is just a bad joke that won't stop. And its very ubiquity obliterates the possibility of it having the kind of tongue-in-cheek (or tongue-in-cheek, as we say at SF) kitschy appeal you might find in, say, a randomly-placed gaudi-inspired dripped-cement AM/PM or a Starbucks sporting a mural of the Sistine Chapel ceiling done in M&M's.