First Architectures: Buc and Clichy

Mariano Bayón 

It is generally believed that the values commonly attributed to architecture are authentic, logical and immovable. That is, that when at a given historic moment an architect’s work is assessed positively, the ideas underlying it become universal. What we glean from historic experience, however, cannot be farther from the truth. Even the idea of authorship is unstable. There is sufficient ground to think that many of the values that have been established and defended as being attributable to much of 20th-century architecture, even with its drifts and transformations, will necessarily be replaced by new ones, putting to the test the pertinence of what was ‘enjoyed’ in the recent past... [+]

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