What do you think? Can what we build elicit change?
Can buildings change:
- how we live (sprawl)
- how we work (manufacturing)
- how we travel (stress)
- how we see ourselves as Americans (not subject to monarchy)
- whether we ourselves only as Americans or also as citizens of the world (internationalism)
- whether we are prepared to accept complexity in place of perfection (postmodernism)
- whether our community feels well-established or unstable (Romanesque)
|Virginia State Capitol by Thomas Jefferson|
Image courtesy of jimbowen0306 via Flickr
1. The film shows that Wright worked under Sullivan; but Sullivan also worked under Richardson and Venturi worked under Eero Saarinen.
2. I learned something, too: I had no idea that the "regional indoor shopping mall" was originally intended as an alternative to sprawl. Seriously?
3. Postmodernism can literally offer a cartoon version of history: Graves's Disney HQ in Burbank casts the seven dwarves as caryatids.