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Tuesday, November 14, 2006


It is that in 410, the city of Rome fell to plundering Northern Goths so in effect "Gothic" means barbarian.

The Gothic sytle was infact initiated by Abbe Sugger of Paris in 1122, abbot of St Denis monastery he rebuilt what had been used for almost three hundred years into something that is still known as a cradle to Gothic art today. It was the progressive lightening and heightening of structures, pointed arches, ribbed valuts, flying buttresses and walls reduced to a minimum by spacious arcades and huge glass windows that defined the features of Gothic Architecture.

Mean while in Victorian Britain people where growing bored of the classical terraces and plain Georgian houses which where now covered in soot and grime. It was a romantic fantasy developed from the 18th century and boosted in the 19th by the likes of Sir Walter Scott and other such writers that sparked a response to boredom for many, literature was a big influence such books as Frankenstein where the di vinci code of today. This practical response to boredom gave birth to the Gothic Revival it was like living out a dream of what was written fantasy became reality the old classical ruin of one hundred years before where brought back to life and published by archaeologists of the time. Findings of medieval ruins where recorded and where influentical to Gothic style, it was a way of remodeling medieval buildings in a way that blended with the older styles.

In the 19th century many architects dabbled in the Gothic style but many choose a more deocrative approach to it, using what appealed to them so a pointed arch here or there a little bit if carving and in abundance a twist on the Gothic style your either love or hate.

It was a style considered more suitable for churches and uiversity buildings and is still seen very much today in these areas but imagine a street of Gothic style houses wow that would look impressive a perfect set back for a film wouldn't you say. Instead for public and commercial building classical was thought better - how boring why not try it it would certainly draw in the critics and anyone with an imagination. But it was only after 1840 the Gothic Revival took off when interest came from not only architects but philosophers and the dreaded critic. It was thought that the Gothic style was the perfect balance between the spiritual world and the artists form??? a marker in human achievement??

Human achievement!!! at the time of the Gothic Revival or should we call it the medieval Revival, there where not enough skilled craftsmen to finish a large architectural project like the medieval style so methods of mass production had to be sought... maybe this was the achievement of humanity but also hadn't we gone back in time we could no longer carry out thoose techniques that were once passed down by generations of tradesman so we relied on mass production?? Lazy??? for example the great pyramids of Egypt man built that and could we do that today WITHOUT the aid of machines i very much doubt and if we did it would takes much longer than they ever did.

So the fact is mass produced ment no matter how well made it lacked that touch that was orignial of medieval design - man made.

When was the last architectural design built by man and not machine??? we use to be able to use our hands and build with what mother nature has given us...

Gothic revival was it the mother to mass production???


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