for : the architects.

I was just starting to read a book written by Bruno Zevi, titled Architecture as Space How To Look at Architecture (what a nice title! seriously!). I was in the first page, and it's already put a smile on my face.

It said :

"The public is interested in painting and music, in sculpture and literature, but not in architecture. The intellectual, who would feel ashamed not to recognize a painter of the rank of Sebastiano del Piombo and who would turn pale at being charged with ignorance of a painting by Matisse or of a poem by Eluard, feels perfectly at ease in confessing that he doesn't know who Buontalenti or Neutra might be."

"Newspaper devote whole columns to a new book by Koestler or to an exhibition of Morandi, but ignore the construction of a new building, even if it's the work of a famous architect. Whereas every self-respecting newspaper has regular coverage of music, theater, movies and, at the very least, a weekly art column, architecture remains the great unknown."

"Just as no adequate means exist for information about good architecture, there are no effective means for impeding the construction of architectural horrors. There is a certain cencorship for films and for books, but not for the prevention of architectural and urban outrages, which have far more serious and lasting consequences than the publication of a pornographic novel."

"Nevertheless while everyone is free to shut off the radio, walk out on concerts, to shun the movies and the theater, and to stop reading a book, no one can close his eyes to the buildings which form the setting of city life and which set man's stamp on the country."

Source : Bruno Zevi, 1993, Architecture as Space How To Look at Architecture, p.15.


Fakhrur said…
wow.. the third paragraph made my eyes wide opened.. damn, his point is undeniable
novel. said…
yup.. segitunya arsitektur dipandang sebelah mata sama dunia ini. *sigh*

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