Claude Bragdon

Despre arhitecti teribili am mai povestit aici, pe Lanternativa. Iata ca, in sfarsit, i-a venit si timpul lui Bragdon, unul dintre putinii arhitecti completi ai perioadei modern-contemporane. Si probabil ca nu ne-am fi intalnit cu el aici daca, cu putin timp in urma, nu ar fi aparut aceasta minunatie de carte:

Ce inseamna a construi? Eu unul vad arhitectura ca pe o paine care, pe de o parte, este o structura compusa din miriade de firimituri, toate tinute mai mult sau mai putin strans intre ele, depinde de arhitect, iar pe de alta, care lasa, odata consumata, zeci si zeci de firmituri in urma.

Bragdon disappeared from memory when mid-century histories promoted a narrow view of modern architecture that emphasized functional planning, industrial building technique, continuous space, and the suppression of ornament.

Bragdon nu ar fi fost si nu este un musafir bine primit in casele celor care isi aroga, arogant, dreptul de fiinte perfect rationale, atee si coerente, a sa

fascination with social reform often bordered with mysticism – he operated his own press through which he espoused his philosophical views on architecture, the mathematical order of nature, and theosophy. By adapting morality to mathematics and ornament, Bragdon aspired to create a fourth dimension in his work, a “hyperspace” where the self was cast out.

In alta ordine de idei, asa cum era si de asteptat, arhitectul american si-a manifestat curiozitatea si creativitatea nu numai in domeniul arhitecturii, ci si in cel al muzicii – care, paradoxal, nu sunt de loc atat de distincte dupa cum, in general, se crede:

From 1917 on, Bradgon began to develop a systematic technique for using mathematical correlations to harmonize music, geometric form, and color in a new art of mobile color.

Astfel a fost creat un instrument muzical numit Lux-organ:

Each key of the instrument corresponded to a bulb behind the projective screen, so that when Bradgon played a musical composition, its chromatic analogue lit up within the ornamental design.

Asadar, o publicatie de exceptie, recomandata tuturor celor cu interese in istoria ideilor, arhitectura si istoria stiintei.

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