Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What Is Landform?

Superstudio, 1971.

Shell Petroleum Headquarters Rueil-Malmaison, France. Designed by Kathryn Gustafson, 1989-1991.

When we discuss the idea and the historiography of Landform, we are, regardless the ahistorical tendency of the abundant imaginary forms projected onto the "Land", confronting the notion of Artifice as "the art of the multiple diversifying reality"(1); and the notion of Artifact as "the glory of man (or human kind) brought forth by the builders"(2).
The Imaginary and the Real, the constant players of the ultimate "shaping" of Landform, should guide you through Exp 2.

(1)-Christine Buci-Glucksmann, 2000.

1- The Tower of Babel, the Imaginary;by Pieter Brueghel the Elder(1563).

2- Grand Canyon, the Real;

3- The Grand Canyon Skywalk, The Real mixed with the Imaginary;

4- Back To the Real;

The Dream of the Architectby Thomas Cole, 1840.

The Continuous Monument, An Architectural Model For Total Urbanisation,By Superstudio, 1969.

Built Form as Landform
Swimming Pool, Le├ža de Palmeira, Oporto, by Alvaro Siza (1966).

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