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visual pollusion in architecture
hi i am planning to start my masters thesis and for that i wanted to study the visual pollusion in architecture.kindly help me to define my scope.
Shazia Hanif
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visual pollusion in architecture
Shazia, Visual pollution in architecture is the modern cult of uglyness for the sake of uglyness.
Frank John Snelling
visual pollusion in architecture
thanks frank for your response,can you suggest me some books to read before actually setting my obectives of research.regards
Shazia Hanif
visual pollusion in architecture
Shazia, I missed your post back in December. The modern cult of "uglyness for the sake of uglyness" covers all of the arts including architecture, but obviously would not describe itself as such because nobody goes around crying "Buy my rotten fish".

What I mean by uglyness is the modern cult of throwing everything from the past straight into the dustbin (in other words, all previous works of architecture and their contexts are completely ignored) and "design" a slab-sided glass-walled monolithic contextless and characterless box that a child of three would draw.

The problem with the fashion for uglyness in architecture is that it not only depresses people today, it will depress people for years into the future, when such things will be seen to be boring and then pulled down.

Architecture is rooted in culture and each work of architecture serves the culture within which it was created and maintained. Therefore each design to be a work of architecture must have some elements of agreement with the contexts of culture, climate and environment; because if there are no elements of agreement with the culture within which it is built then it is at best an asocial building or at worst an anti-social building.

For example, the highrise chicken-coop housing tower blocks are anti-social because while the parents are isolated high in the air, the children run wild in packs on the ground and without adult supervision get up to anti-social mischief and crime.

For myself, a good benchmark for the height of urban buildings is to have no building higher than the main roof of the tallest religious building.
Frank John Snelling
visual pollusion in architecture
Dear Frank,

I like your recommendation for the Benchmark.
Sriraj Gokarakonda
visual pollusion in architecture
You can try reading Venturi - Learning from Las Vegas / Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture or Pugin or Pier Vittorio Aurelli...they talk about architectural images - also a great read would be Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord and "Metropolis and the Mental Life" by Georg Simmel.
Anuj Daga
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