In this 5 days holiday, I had a chance to read previous assigned chapters of Towards an Architecture. I’ve gone over those chapters because I wanted to make everything crystal clear. At the very last I’ve read the “Regulating Lines”, in other words “construction lines”. In this chapter Le Corbusier lays emphasis on significance of layout of an construction. That is the thing that I’ve always been heard but never gave importace to. Whereas, I’ve learned that regulating lines makes us avoid arbitrary results. But they can still give us great satisfactory.
The thing which was riveting for me was the use of regulating lines even in the earlier eras. After primitive humans settled to a place which is optimum for their needs, they started to build new habitat. But they did not started doing it randomly. They were planning everything even though they did not have a tool to help them measure anything. They used their legs, fingers, steps to measure things. So that they did not take planning for granted. It was so surprising for me because even they didn’t have units of measurements they used regulating lines.
I have realized that regulating lines provides the compatible compositions of the proportions, lines and the colours. And they awaken us to see senseful and coherent relations clearly. Namely, we should use regulating lines as a tool to help us but not for a solution.
Initially, I read the text which was a part of “Towards an Architecture” written by Le Corbusier and I watched the video of Leonard Bernstein’s “What Does Music mean?”. And then, I started deciding on the key words which I was going to use in my poster. After that I ordered my key words according to their number of letters. So that, I could place them in my poster with making a triangle gap in the middle. So I created a geometrical shape by my own. I attached importance to the colours too. Because those are things that makes a poster more remarkable.
Towards a New Architecture is written by Le Corbusier who was a well known Swiss-French architect. It has published in 1923 in France. The book is compilation of his essays. Also he wrote about any other topics too such as urban design and painting. He was so into Cubism and Purism. So, he used these in his so many master pieces.
The book’s aim is trying to break common known terms about architecture and build brand new knowledge. Actually, the original title is “Towards an Architecture (Vers une Achitecture)”. However, it has translated into English as “Towards a New Architecture”. Though, he is criticising his era’s architecture, he is giving samples from earlier constructions to express how architecture should be like. He is also giving advises to future’s architects too in his book.
In this book, Le Corbusier is trying to inform people that the Endustrial Revolution has over and a new architecture has born. But the things that the book is considering is not just about arcitects, it has oriented to eveyone. So that, its language fluent and intelligible for everyone.
By referencing the video “Leonard Bernstein: Young People’s Concerts – What Does Music Mean?” Bernstein wants to break all common thoughts about music and its meaning. He claims that music is about nothing, music is never about anything. Music just is. Music is notes which are put together such a way that we get pleasure of listening and hearing. When someone states a sentence we would have lots of ideas that came to our mind. But what about music? What ideas does it make us have? Notes does not tell you any ideas or stories. None of them about anything but music. They aren’t like words at all. Notes just have musical meanings. He demonstrates his ideas with an example. He plays a song which has made everyone think that its about Wild West, cowboys, horses and stuff. But that song is composed by an Italian who called Rossini that never heard about Wild West nor cowboys. And Bernstein adds that music is just written for musical reasons, no other reasons. It has written to be excited.
Additionaly, Le Corbusier depicts his ideas which are about what does architecture about and what should architects acquire, in Pure Creation of the Mind and Towards a New Architecture. Like Bernstein, Corbusier alleges that architecture does not have to be inspired by
or based on something. Architecture is about art. It doesn’t have to be practical like all engineers do. On the contrary, architects analyses compositions, relations and harmonies of the elements. They make emotions aroused when art enters in.
I think Leonard Bernstein uses music and Le Corbusier uses a plastic art to mention same things. Both architecture and music have their own meaning whithin them. There doesn’t have to be anything else to be inspired by.