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Picon, Antoine

Ornament: The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity - AD Primer

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Once condemned by Modernism and compared to a ‘crime’ by Adolf Loos, ornament has made a spectacular return in contemporary architecture. This is typified by the works of well-known architects such as Herzog & de Meuron, Sauerbruch Hutton, Farshid Moussavi Architecture and OMA. There is no doubt that these new ornamental tendencies are inseparable from innovations in computer technology. The proliferation of developments in design software has enabled architects to experiment afresh with texture, colour, pattern and topology.

Though inextricably linked with digital tools and culture, Antoine Picon argues that some significant traits in ornament persist from earlier Western architectural traditions. These he defines as the ‘subjective’ – the human interaction that ornament requires in both its production and its reception – and the political. Contrary to the message conveyed by the founding fathers of modern architecture, traditional ornament was not meant only for pleasure. It conveyed vital information about the designation of buildings as well as about the rank of their owners. As such, it participated in the expression of social values, hierarchies and order. By bringing previous traditions in ornament under scrutiny, Picon makes us question the political issues at stake in today’s ornamental revival. What does it tell us about present-day culture? Why are we presently so fearful of meaning in architecture? Could it be that by steering so vehemently away from symbolism, contemporary architecture is evading any explicit contribution to collective values?

Keywords: Architectural Theory, Ornament in design, the use of ornament in architecture, ornament and digital techniques, current use of ornament in architecture design, contemporary use of ornament in architecture design, ornament in Herzog &, de Meuron's Eberswald Library, ornament in Sauerbruch Hutton's Pharmacological Research Laboratories in Biberach, ornament in OMA's New Jeddah International Airport Project

Author(s)
Publisher
John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Publication year
2013
Language
en
Edition
1
Series
Architectural Design Primer
Page amount
352 pages
Category
Art, Art History
Format
Ebook
eISBN (ePUB)
9781118588246
Printed ISBN
9781119965954

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