Architectural Beliefs And Sensibilities : A New Frontier For Humanity

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Words on paper can sometimes seem a long way off the tangibility of real world design, but every great building starts its life on paper. Architectural beliefs and sensibilities are established through a system of thought, a manifesto that dictates how and for what reasons design choices are made. The manifesto encompasses more than just architecture so it performs a grounding role, contextualising and justifying design in a paradigm of thought appropriate to the time and space from which it had originated. The Italian Futurist were predominantly paper architects, with few of their projects every being realised in a physical form, but their thoughts and ideas demonstrate a vision for the modern world unlike what had come before. In the…show more content…
The opening of his manifesto published in 1909 states that there must be a “love of danger, the habit of energy and fearlessness” which epitomises the movement 's philosophies.1 At the heart of these philosophies lies two primarily elements; the machine and speed. Following on from the designs of Bruno Taut and Peter Behrens in Germany, Futurists architect Antonio Sant’elia aspired to create buildings that stood as temples to industry. His designs for the futurist city, ‘La Citta Nuova’, featured buildings that appeared like “gigantic machines, [...] extraordinarily brutish in its mechanical simplicity”. In the writings of his own manifesto for Futurist architecture, Sant’elia expresses how he believed a new architectural language was needed that was appropriate to the modern age, an age where stairs could be abolished and replaced by prominently positioned elevators.2 This embracing of technology is complimented by the lack of reference to classical motifs, with no value being placed in the unnecessary decorative features of that bygone era. Technological advancement in the early 1900s included the advent of new forms of transportation, and with these came a new found sense of speed — something Marinetti describes in his original manifesto as “the beauty of speed”.3 The importance of motion and kineticism is evident in the futurist artworks of Giacomo Balla, especially in Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash (1912). The depiction of the dog being walked
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