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During my MSc. program, we studied one man’s critic in Architecture. His name is John Ruskin.
He wrote this book “7 lamps of Architecture”.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you with the details but the lamps where:
Sacrifice, Truth, Power, Beauty, Life, Memory and Obedience.
I didn’t agree with most of his criticisms especially the Life lamp. I felt he was crazy trying to impose his ideas on us through studies.
But now, I TEA, has come to agree with him on some grounds.
For the lamp of “Truth”, can we allow a building actually show the material it was built with?
If it’s concrete, don’t go covering it up with aluminium cladding. It’s crazy especially when you don’t have a maintenance culture.
There is beauty in the rawness of a building material as built.
A stone wall with all the rough cut is beautiful compared to a wall tile with a stone design.
Please help us restore the beauty of the old Architecture.