Louis Khan profundo

22Oct12

Louis Kahn dijo:

A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, “must go through measurable means when it is being designed” and in the end must be unmeasurable. 

Lamentablemente la pegagoza tradicion Beaux Art de las facultades de Arquitectura, todavia no ha decodificado que significa “must go through measurable means when is being designed”, y tampoco ha habido una relectura profunda de Alberti y su Reaedificatoria de 1452 cuando sugiere que “Los Arquitectos deben EVITAR las perspectivas para tomar medisiones precisas, debido a que las lineas en “escorzo” no son adecuadas”, o “Los dibujos de Arquitectura, a DIFERENCIA de las perspectivas de los pintores, requieren de lineas consistentes, ángulos verdaderos y dimensiones reales ajustadas a escala”, que es la discusion de la actualidad respecto de los nuevos sistemas y metodlogias de diseño y proyecto. Anyway, les dejo a continuacion un artículo reciente de Paul Goldberger respecto de la Construccion reciente de un proyecto de Louis Kahn y otros comentarios que son de una gran factura. Lamentablemente esta en inglés, pero por eso esta introduccion en español, para que pasen y lo vean con la ayuda de algún traductor online.

It is generally a terrible idea to build a building from the plans of a dead architect, and it happens more often than you would think.

Posthumous architecture tends also to ignore the fact that the world has inevitably changed since a project was first designed. The church of Saint-Pierre in Firminy, France, designed by Le Corbusier, wasn’t started until six years after his death, in 1965, and wasn’t finished until 2006, with numerous changes from the architect’s original plans. Who is to say whether Le Corbusier would have designed the same building had he actually been alive in the 1970s? Antonio Gaudi’s extraordinary Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona, unfinished at the time of the architect’s death in 1926, is continuing to go ahead today, in a misguided homage to Gaudi’s memory that is especially foolhardy, since Gaudi tended to improvise many of the details of his architecture as it was going up, and he left only some general drawings for the whole cathedral, meaning that a lot of what is going up now in Barcelona is guesswork. You could say it’s an effort to channel the architect’s spirit, which is generally not the soundest way to go about making a building.

Kahn in his lifetime never managed to build anything in New York, and for several decades after his death it seemed certain that this project would die with him. It was conceived in 1973, just as Welfare Island was being rechristened Roosevelt Island and becoming the site of an ambitious redevelopment project; the memorial, it was hoped, would be the symbol that would remind everyone just why the place had been named Roosevelt Island. The architect’s death coincided with the New York City fiscal crisis of the 1970s, and the fact that, suddenly, there was not only no architect but also no money seemed to doom the project.  The new town on Roosevelt Island grew just fine without it, and in time most people seemed to forget that Kahn’s plan had ever existed.

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