GMP Von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

I recalled a world renown architect, GMP who gave speech in our lecture hall in Tong Ji University, that further strengthen my understanding and believes in architectural design. Their philosophy are as attached below:-
"Our ideal is to design in such a reduced form, that the results endure content and time. Formal restriction and uniformity of materials contribute to this standpoint because we understand obviousness as a categorical imperative.We want to design a house simply as a statement, to form it as a durable cover for the variety of human existence.With a critical distance from recent architectural expressions, we try to avoid expressionist forms which are only derived from artistic caprice, without reference to use, construction and functionality. The media renames this traditional simplicity as "new" simplicity.This purism carried to extremes, expressed as a denial of information in drawings and as severely barren buildings, remains alien to us.We want a reduction which is based on plausibility and self-evidence and has to integrate supposed stylistic inconsistencies provoked by building task and site.For the conception of buildings and interiors the positions of dialogical design are relevant as the guidelines of our architectural understanding:
SimplicityVariety and uniformityIdentity with the locationStructural order
"The development of appropriate and acceptable answers and solutions for problems demands an openness for dialogue and the adaptation of one's standpoint to changing conditions.Society and its complex political and economic mechanisms decide what is being built in what fashion.We architects have not only the obligation, but the responsibility to lay ourselves open to this dialogue and take part in the discussions with a firm conviction." "

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