Today, I discussed with Greg about what to share to the restless spirit in OMAH. I was thinking Carlo Scarpa, one venetian master architect, Wright from Europe, and Laurie Baker who was known for his unique climatic and traditional approach of architecture in Kerala, India.

We will do both, analysis of Scarpa, and Baker for their alchemy, expenditures, and experiments.

Alchemy means a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination. Experiments means a scientific procedure undertaken to make a discovery, test a hypothesis, or demonstrate a known fact. Expedients means Advantage that you have in your design process.

Modern architectural culture has exalted and bewailed the lost organic unity of craftsmanship, finding this a justification of its own adherence to the stylistic codes of standardization. Against this Carlo Scarpa sets the volatility of his own culture and his sympathy with things; his designs seek to redeem his metier as a state of freedom from time, which might be regarded as primitive if this were sufficient to express its initiatory element.

In addition, Scarpa’s details are opposed to the banalization imposed on architectural inventiveness by -usability. The reduction of form to mere expression of function, to mere “washability”, as Ernst Bloch affirms, is rejected in Scarpa’s designs. Scarpa seems to understand that composition does not mean annulling this difference but displaying it. This is true of his use of both materials and technologies, but also of the forms of work that the design employs, stimulating and educating their inner procedures. His designs confronts this gap and emphasizes it. Between design and craft work or manual labour there is a substantive difference, which must not be ignored. (francesco dal co)

The inner procedures might called us to the process of thinking, record of craftmanship, the architect’s biography, which stated by Michael Caldwell in strange details, resulting as a masterpiece work.
maturation of the alchemy, the experiments, the expedients

Carlo Scarpa

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