Architecture of Place: Buildings that Work for People @USGBCNCR

Some may be surprised to hear PPS echoing a version of the modernist mantra “form ever follows function,” but it’s important for us to remember what that phrase is really all about. When it was first coined by Louis Sullivan, it was a humanist idea: that the form of a building should serve first and foremost the human uses that occupy it. But over time, as Jane Jacobs observed, the idea of function underwent a “drift from humanism to gimmickry.” Modernists became infatuated with material, structure, and dramatic reinventions of human use based more on utopian aesthetics than improving the functional experience of real people. Rather than recapturing the humanist focus on function, many postmodern architects and the new iconic architects of recent years have turned even further inward, either retreating into the historical ornament or blasting forward into even less functio...

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