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[Cob] Re: cob with buttressesBarbara Roemer and Glenn Miller roemiller at infostations.net
Sun Feb 22 14:26:30 PST 2004
Jonathan, I'm troubled with your comments about Gaudi's choices. I don't think we can know what Gaudi would have done, faced with a building whose structure required buttressing, whether flower-potted tops, in modifying so that they were not quite so buttress-y, or even choosing somehow to be gauche. It is impossible to do any more than speculate, which is what Charmaine was doing. Your riposte about buttresses being gauche seemed to be dismissive of something Charmaine had enjoyed (as have millions of others) and found aesthetically pleasing. I can't quite make sense of your comment, apart from it being negative, because gauche usually means tactless or socially awkward, though in its original sense it probably meant turned away, as in detoured. Gaudi's work certainly turned away from mainstream architecture of his time, so perhaps you are disputing the metaphorical sense. In any case, when you offer a negative opinion as your own, it's easier for list members to take in than when you dismiss another's opinion with a statement that sounds like fact. For the list, if you'd like to see contemporary buttressing, look to the recent LA Times 4 page article on the straw bale vault in Joshua Tree, or to the vault Mikal Jacubal is building near Garberville, CA. There are posts referencing both on the Yahoo SB list.
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