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From Manifesto to Futurist Architecture

United Kingdom Architecture News - Jul 14, 2014 - 13:22   12610 views

Neo-futurism is the cross-pollination of art, cutting edge technologies and ethical valuescombined to create a pervasively higher quality of life

(...) The multiplying of machinery, the daily increasing needs imposed by the speed of communications, by the concentration of population, by hygiene, and by a hundred other phenomena of modern life, never cause (...) renovators of architecture perplexity or hesitation, (...) but our cities should be the projection of ourselves.

(...) The problem (...) is not (...) a question of finding new moldings and frames for windows and doors, of replacing columns,pilasters and corbels with caryatids, flies and frogs. Neither has it anything to do with leaving a façade in bare brick, or plastering it, or facing it with stone or in determining formal differences between the new building and the old one. It is a question of (...) constructing with all the resources of technology and science, satisfying magisterially all the demands of our habits and our spirit (...) and determining new forms, new lines, a new harmony of profiles and volumes, an architecture whose reason for existence can be found solely in the unique conditions of modern life, and in its correspondence with the aesthetic values of our sensibilities. This architecture (...) must be new, just as our state of mind is new.

(...) The utter antithesis between the modern world and the old is determined by all those things that formerly did not exist. Our lives have been enriched by elements the possibility of whose existence the ancients did not even suspect. Men have identified material contingencies, and revealed spiritual attitudes, whose repercussions are felt in a thousand ways. Principal among these is the formation of a new ideal of beauty that is still obscure and embryonic, but whose fascination is already felt even by the masses. We have lost our predilection for the monumental, the heavy, the static, and we have enriched our sensibility with a taste for the light, the practical, the ephemeral and the swift.

(...) We are the men of the great hotels, the railway stations, the immense streets, colossal ports, covered markets, luminous arcades, straight roads and beneficial demolitions. (...) We must invent and rebuild the (...) city like an immense and tumultuous shipyard, agile, mobile and dynamic in every detail; and the houses must be like machines . The lifts must no longer be hidden away like tapeworms in the niches of stairwells (...) and must scale the lengths of the façades like serpents of steel and glass. (...) The street will no longer 
lie like a doormat at ground level, but will plunge many stories down into the earth, embracing the metropolitan traffic, and will be linked up for necessary interconnections by metal gangways and swift-moving pavements.The problem of (...) architecture must be resolved (...) through flashes of genius and through scientific and technical expertise. Everything must be revolutionized, 

Roofs and underground spaces must be used.

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