The Glass State

Extracts from the Glass State


pg 31  – Yet the full fruition of this illumination came again in the period of the high modernists, fortified by principles inherited from the Enlightenment. IN a gesture that was equally endowed ideological, the building – its structure, its mechanical systems, its constructional processes, and its very skin – was violently disrobed, revealing its previously hermetic inner workings. This disrobing was to engage intelligence; the revelation was intended to be moral as well as didactic. The imperative of authenticity added impetus to rendering concurrently developing systematization of building legible, ensuring not only that the building be rationalized technologically, but that its rational also be apparent – or Transparent. 


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