In response to: 'Free Space Architecture' posted by Melanie-Jayne Pittman on October 13, 1998 at 08:59:30:
Just a few words on architecture becoming too sculptural. As we all know, architecture has become extremely sculptural due to a number of reasons. Two that first come to mind are the leaps in technology (CGI programs CSG modellers) and the hugely open and unfocused ideas of process and method. These organic forms that we see in architecture today (Bilbao Guggenheim, F.Ghery) have been accepted by the general public to the point where the architectural ideas are being brought into facets of life unrelated to architecture in any way (even into music videos,..ask around).I am researching a project on 'architecturally based sculpture' (Anthony Caro) and 'free space architecture', (Lebbeus Woods). I would be interested to know if anyone has any knowledge about free space architecture in particular, and what their opinions are on this subject. Do you think that architecture is becoming too sculptural?
Will the distinction between sculpture and architecture eventually become completely blurred?
If this happens will it be a good thing in terms of opening up further avenues for the other 'arts' to collaborate?
Or do you think that perhaps one day every artist will be practising every type of art rather than one particular field, what will happen to the arts without particular areas of expertese?
I would be very grateful if someone is available to reply to the above, giving their own personal input.Thank-you, from an art student in Southampton, England.
People see beauty in these highly sculptural forms because they the anti-thesis of everything they see around them (orthogonal form and parallel surfaces vs. organic and sculptural form). Though these organic forms are hardly new, their creation with new materials and costruction techniques have made them a marvel of far more than architecture. They represent advances in engineering, construction, freedom of will, and change in the way we, as a populous, think.
However, I DO believe that this is a short-lived trend even though the forms are widely accepted in the public eye, and will fade away if not for anything else, for economic reasons. But trends and fads have a way of returning (bell-bottoms) from time to time.
Architecture and sculpture?
Sure, and for obvious reasons.
But not ever to be taught on a large scale as a design method.
AJS - OSU