Thursday, January 21, 2010

Quote for the Day 2

More support that "Form Follows Function" is little more than nonsensical cant. From the book Streets and Patterns by, I think, my new favorite urbanist, Stephne Marshall:
...the revolutionary rhetoric of Modernism passed a death sentence on the street. Modernism set up a new urban model that liberated the forms of roads and buildings from each other. Rather than being locked together in street grids, the Modernist model allowed roads to follow their own fluid linear geometry, while buildings could be expressed as sculpted three-dimensional forms set in flowing space. Each form could follow its own dedicated function, resulting in a divergence of forms and quite separate geometries for buildings and roads. The street, in official vocabulary, ceased to exist.