III

 

TRADITION IS NOT NOSTALGIA

That one could redefine the general notion of beauty, exemplify it and have it echoed by individuals in a preservative manner, has a visionary, but megalomaniac taste to it. No one can claim to know what beauty is, what is beautiful and what not.

 

I personally believe beauty can not be invented, beauty has to derive from the positively experienced existing. From our past, from our traditions, incorporating the general notion of beauty that once existed. Tradition is not nostalgia, but knowledge passed on over centuries. Our tradition in architecture, before modernism, has always evolved, but has always had a golden thread running through it. Architecture having undergone millennia of empiric evolution leaves me in the position to observe them as masterpieces, magnum opus of our entire architectural heritage. Since modernist architecture severely broke this millennia long evolution I perceive it, due to it’s lack of continuity, not to be part of our empirically evolved heritage.

 

Architecture that does not respect the past does not respect the present, specifying the architectural past I am talking about is the one that evolved and lasted for over 10 millennia reclining with modernism. I may never be the judge of how modernism and postmodernism will evolve, last and be perceived in the far away future. Though as a participant of the urban, architectural public space I may formulate today my doubts towards buildings who do feel not to be respecting our architectural past, passed on knowledge and therefore not be seeming to respect the present. Even though architecture has recently undergone an very interesting evolution, considering the innovative part of construction, I do miss the overall vision of the architect. The impact architecture has on us, our surrounding and our history is crucial. I therefore profoundly believe in the importance of Immanuel Kant’s words: ‘Act only according to the maxim of a kind that you may want it’s principle to become a universal law’. Postmodernist buildings do work ephemerally on my admiration, perceiving them rather as fantastic exceptions than properly elaborated principles. The profound challenge of creation lays within it’s genuineness, longterm ideology and not in an abstruse surprise and celebration of it’s creator.