Bad Architecture

Take a look at these two homes designed by iconic architects widely recognized for their genius in different genres. The Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe and the Vanna Venturi House by Robert Venturi. Whether or not you could feel comfortable living in either of these homes, one is most certainly beautiful to look at and the other is not. It is obvious to even the most casual observer that one was the product of a careful discipline. Universal laws of symmetry, geometry, and historical precedent all coming together to form a unified whole. The other looks like it was built off site with spare parts gathered from demolished homes and dropped in with a helicopter without care or concern of how the home’s parts relate to the whole or how the home relates to the site. Of course this is the whole point and the goal of the post modern relativist. Who is to say what is beautiful and what is not. My suburban McMansion is no better or worse than your falling water aesthetically speaking. Anyone with eyes to see knows that this is ridiculous.
Venturi’s work in my opinion is a denial of architecture as a dicipline or an art at all since anybody can slap together a design like the Vanna Venturi house. Like I said, this is always the post modernists intent. When everyone is special…no one is, and the perception of equality is achieved.
Post modernism in all contexts is the realm of the envious and self indulgent. Of those without the vision or talent to create something beautiful from nothing.


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