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    Re: Contemporary architecture

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    Re: Contemporary architecture

    I'm not a fan of most contemporary architecture. Too much glass and prefab stuff in the interior... makes the stuctures look fragile (even if they have steel frames and actually aren't) and uninteresting.

    I can usually find something to like about most architecture prior to the industrial revolution; I particularly like the monumental stone structures and cathedrals... they took real time and craftsmanship to build, and sometimes you can even see where mistakes were made and compensated for during the process.

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    Re: Contemporary architecture

    it's like music
    if it is well composed and executed it does not matter from what genre it originated



    there is an expression that writing about music is like dancing about architecture. appears i am now found guilty
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    Re: Contemporary architecture

    Everything has it's own purpose and benefits.
    Location matters - does it fit in with the surroundings? Is it different from the other buildings? Does it give ot or take away from the area?

    You can take the same design and place it in a rural setting and have it blend in well - put it in a suburban or city area and it might clash and look horrid.

    I do like contemporary - Bauhaus level of contemporary. Simple, crisp, building-block approach, use of flat spans of glass and brushed aluminum lattice work. However, some contemporary is out of place considering it's location - or inappropriate considering it's purpose. I don't like the Clinton Library in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas - it looks like a trailor rather than a respectable museum in honor of a President.

    don't like: (Clinton Library
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    Re: Contemporary architecture

    It really doesn't matter to me, I'm a function-over-form guy. I want it to work. I don't much care what it looks like so long as it works.
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    Re: Contemporary architecture

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    Form vs. function, image vs. substance, appearance vs. efficiency?
    The appearance of a building, to me, is less important than its efficiency. That being said, nearly all styles can be made more efficient and it won't even be noticed. Considerable efficiency can be attained with some loss in appearance and still be acceptable to an "image" person.

    Any posters familiar with Architecture 2030? Edward Mazria is a prophet without honor in his own land. If we had been building according to his proposed building codes for the last 3 decades (since his passive solar book came out), our energy needs for heating and cooling (electricity and natural gas) would be considerably less than they are now.
    No, not familiar with him, but I agree with what you say. Years ago I designed a home that would utilize solar, conduction & convection, had the plans drawn up, but never put it to use. One of the clever ideas involved a cooling system, with a sealed 100' culvert pipe (3') run underground (8'), and out to a filtered ventilation box under an shade oak tree. The other end entered into a long vent box against the living room under a wall of windows, similar to a long vented drain about 30 foot. In the summer, you open the upstairs windows for a cross ventilation to let heat out, while the cold air flows underground. In the winter with upstairs windows closed, the heat from the solar water tubes (a separate system) & fireplace eventually bring heat down to the floor, forcing the cold air out the bottom vent. The wall of windows have thick blanket drapes that raise up in the daytime and down at night.

    The sealed solar water tubes are about 3' diameter & stand (12') verticle in the living room, catching the daily sun radiation & storing the heat, which is circulated through floor tubes that heat the ground floor rooms.

    The ground level fireplace has a water tube heating system that circulates the hot water through the upstair flooring to heat all the rooms.
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    Re: Contemporary architecture

    Shintao - my brother in law is an Architect and used a similar idea in some designs at his own firm. I don't know if they were built - but underground and compression is a wise idea. I've considered building a similar system for us, here, just to see if it would work - sure beats not having any AC.
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    Re: Contemporary architecture

    Quote Originally Posted by shintao View Post
    No, not familiar with him, but I agree with what you say. Years ago I designed a home that would utilize solar, conduction & convection, had the plans drawn up, but never put it to use. One of the clever ideas involved a cooling system, with a sealed 100' culvert pipe (3') run underground (8'), and out to a filtered ventilation box under an shade oak tree. The other end entered into a long vent box against the living room under a wall of windows, similar to a long vented drain about 30 foot. In the summer, you open the upstairs windows for a cross ventilation to let heat out, while the cold air flows underground. In the winter with upstairs windows closed, the heat from the solar water tubes (a separate system) & fireplace eventually bring heat down to the floor, forcing the cold air out the bottom vent. The wall of windows have thick blanket drapes that raise up in the daytime and down at night.

    The sealed solar water tubes are about 3' diameter & stand (12') verticle in the living room, catching the daily sun radiation & storing the heat, which is circulated through floor tubes that heat the ground floor rooms.

    The ground level fireplace has a water tube heating system that circulates the hot water through the upstair flooring to heat all the rooms.
    I hope you get to build it someday...
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    Re: Contemporary architecture

    Hm, functionality some say... What about aesthetics? Let me give you an example: it makes a great deal of difference if one have one's coffee in a crafty painted porcelain cup rather than a plastic one. Agree? I think the same can be said about architecture too. I personally prefer more detailed and ornamented styles which refers to the pre-contemporary architecture, starting with greek-roman and spanning to this. I lack the cosy feeling with contemporary.

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    Re: Contemporary architecture

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    Hm, functionality some say... What about aesthetics? Let me give you an example: it makes a great deal of difference if one have one's coffee in a crafty painted porcelain cup rather than a plastic one. Agree? I think the same can be said about architecture too. I personally prefer more detailed and ornamented styles which refers to the pre-contemporary architecture, starting with greek-roman and spanning to this. I lack the cosy feeling with contemporary.
    I couldn't care less what kind of cup I drink my coffee out of, if I drank coffee, which I don't. So long as it doesn't change the flavor, what difference does it make? The point is the coffee, not the container.
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