By Colin St John Wilson
This can be a choice of essays at the matters of architectural ethics, philosophy and perform. structure has constantly been the topic of significant debate and not extra so than now. the writer explores the unique goals and ideas of recent structure during this sequence of articles. released in architectural journals the articles are actually assembled and released jointly for the 1st time during this quantity. Professor Colin St. John Wilson, is architect of the hot British Library, the main nationwide monument in-built the united kingdom in this century
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9. , p. 52. 10 A. Stokes, 'The Image in Form' in British Journal of Aesthetics, Vol. 6, No. 3. p. 246, U S . Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, section VI. 12 A. Stokes, Michelangelo, p. 75. 13 C. Baudelaire, 'Correspondances' in Fleurs du Mal. 14 W. Wordsworth, The Prelude, 1805 version. Bk. I: lines 419-20 and 576-83. 15 A. Stokes, 'The Impact of Architecture', British Journal of Aesthetics, Vol. 1 No 4. 16 Ibid. 17 A. Stokes, Smooth and Rough, p. 59, Faber & Faber, 1941. 18 One of the major factors in the collapse of morale among the German forces invading Russia in the Second World War was the unrelenting exposure in traversing the apparently limitless plains.
We need to look more closely at the phenomena in order to discover if either of these propositions meets the case to our satisfaction. In the absence of a common acceptance of the role of 'art' in the discipline of architecture there is a conflict of view about the role of ethics within the discipline. ' This is reason enough to start with an examination of the 'pure art' thesis and its origins in the birth of 'aesthetics'. 22 Architectural Reflections The role of 'aesthetics' There is no true work of architecture that does not enjoy some systematic play of forms.
The form of our buildings is the form of our life. ' Here again comparison with the fine arts is illuminating: for instances of the destruction of works of art are few (the passion for ideological orthodoxy is perhaps the only significant motive) but buildings are demolished every day and for many reasons. In fact a substantial treatise could be developed on the range of motives - ideological tyranny, functional obsolescence, economic gain, stylistic dogma, sociological misfit, technical faults, physical obsolescence, area redevelopment.
Architectural Reflections. Studies in the Philosophy and Practice of Architecture by Colin St John Wilson