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form follows time
i am a student of architecture,and want to write a report on this topic.
it has been a hot topic for arch profesionals weather really form follows functions.i think the respective fuction which is carried by a particular stucture /space should get reflected through its image/form/elevation/over all look.which is missout for most of the architecture today.If form follows function, then one should be able to look at a building and have a good idea about what goes on inside.which rarely happens. The forms do change, not according to fuction,but according to time/technology/money.
Shruti Gokhale
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form follows time
Time being dominant, so things need to change accordingly otherwise one could be extinct from this world. But as an architect, when we do design we should think more to function,space and apply the technology within the appropriate budget.
Anita Tamrakar
form follows time
Then what becomes of the struggle to create timeless architecture???
isn't it worthwhile to consider the fact that form follows economy? :D
T C
form follows time
In richer societies, form does not always follow function because the money is available to go beyond form. Also, form following function does not happen when the architect or the client does not have a clear idea of the function � which happens quite a bit. Additionally, some clients look at form to be nondescript because the main function of the building for them is to make money. The people they want to get money from need to look at the space and say �I could do this or that in this space.� Then there is a whole range of buildings that try not to look like the thing they�re supposed to do. Consider the Denver airport � is it an airport or a circus? Then there are the design elements that become symbolic rather than functional � as in the question about minarets.
AbdulJaleal Nasreddin
form follows time
this is just not problem for bigger architects and bigger architecture. the younger generation also has a same problems.when it comes to larger projects like denver airport it is obvious that one will make a good design/or i may say one is suppose to make a good design.but when it comes to a neighborhood level ,were upcoming architects are designing,there most of the school buildings ,shopping malls,colleges,residences look in one typology.
and yes its not just about the function,because then chruch and cinema hall would have been the same.its about the ambience inside,the feel,the image of the structure which should be created by the particular architect with the help of the function the structure carries.
Shruti Gokhale
form follows time
There are four main type of generators in Architecture.
User, Context, Activity pattern and Higher purpose. in a design there should be a primary generator and secondary,tertiary generators to support it.
Eg The denver airport as discussed logically should regard "Activity Pattern" as the primary generator. May be they might have adopted it as well..but they have also used the Higher purpose as a stronger generator. Most symbolic buildings act as catalysts and icons to the specific location. the Bilbao museum is the best example. This might have been the concept behind the Denver airport. to create an iconic building which makes people talk about hence becoming a catalyst.
On the other hand i cant see a logical reasoning to the argument of form following time. New forms might be derived out of the breakthroughs in science and technology. but the spatial experience would always be catering to the human percept. Timeless.
T C
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