Modern Superpositions

The Dilemma of ‘Building on the Built’

Francisco de Gracia 

Peter Zumthor, Kolumba Museum, Cologne (Germany)

A good part of 20th-century architecture has behaved like a heteronomous production: it has subjected itself to agents and processes not pertaining to it, in the process losing all that which makes it a discipline beyond the confines of history and which so interested Louis I. Kahn, and where the tectonic had been a fundamental vector for centuries. This, combined with the rejection of composition because of its academic connotations, are part of the whole censure motion that the Modern Movement brandished against the idea of traditional architecture and the traditional city responding to gradual, evolutionary processes...

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