Recognition of an Idea in Architecture

Robert Harbison, in his chapter on Ideas in the book, Thirteen Ways, states “An idea is a kind of ordering or pattern-making which can be appreciated most easily in architecture through extreme and concentrated instances where the concept is not recessive, taking its place quietly, but obtrusive.”  He goes on to provide numerous examples of works of architecture and art that illustrate an  “obtrusive concept.”  These encompass the work of noted architects and thinkers such as Ledoux, Eisenmann, Hejduk, Kahn and Libeskind, to name a few.  Read through the chapter, following along with the attached references (courtesy of some of your classmates), and see what you think.

Harbison Reading References / Ideas


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