The word “house” in Sumerian ideographic script

Façades


... though 'façade' is a relatively young concept, codified in the 18th century, it has become a metonym for architecture as a whole, the element most invested with aesthetic, political, and cultural expectation... as the classic concept of façade crystalized in Europe, it was defined by decorum, composition, faciality, orientation, profile, embellishment, signification, and rigidity, dictating the relationship of openness and opacity... the codes of the façade insinuated themselves in our neurological wiring, triggering Pavlovian responses to certain types of architecture... technological astrone, sir conditioningturansionnedlinestrecurtao, wall,. seamless and perfectly sealed wrapper, no longer a carefully ordered rhythm of elements (windows, balconies, doors, roof) and functional ornamentation (columns for structure, string-courses for rain protection) but a monolithic, all-over composition... the contemporary façade remains vested with outsize importance while responsibility for its detailing, performance, and execution is ceded by architecture to more technologically advanced domains... meanwhile 'original' façades are still fetishized - often the Only thing left standing after renovation of the rest of the building...

- “Elements of Architecture” Rem Koolhaas


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