United New Internationalists

98 Method

Method in Making Architecture.

By Florian J. Pepo.

Book to be published 2020.



Synonyms for abstract, are: theoretical,conceptual,notional,intellectual,metaphysical,philosophical, and academic; they are all ways of perceiving the rules in this book. In literature, however, abstract means to have no concrete existence. Through the evidence of literary resources and images, the book will bring you into the world of architecture. It will convince the reader in how to go about re-considering the fundamentals, in a concrete way. You could say this book is both rational, and abstract, which is in line with the ideas on architecture. It is rational because context no-longer matters, but form does, so the more rectilinear the better, for reasons of simplicity. Good architecture must not respond to its surroundings first because the majority of historical architecture is too complex, and does not stand up to good design. 

The Alpine examples set a new standard in the next phase of history for their lack of specific authorship. I am thinking of Switzerland, and its continuation to lead the spirit of the age in the latest theories of architecture. They are the best current example of how to build in a better style. What this means is that they react to sterile design by re-inventing through a consistent set of rules, their zeitgeist: Neue Sachlichkeit: Neo-Sparse Object. This is a good way for the UK to move forward. Once the architect has defined a building as an objectin the city or landscape, he can manipulate the surface. One can even fragment the whole until what is left is an abstract expression, and so link wholeheartedly architecture to today’s abstract art. But through constructional logic, not only does architecture represent the current figurative arts, it has also become a language in itself. 

This book will re-define architecture by these Swiss principles, and will open the readers’ eyes to how it should develop, in UK society. For example the idea of Jihas, is about making a holy war, financing war, and building history as a result, both at home and in a war torn country. This opens up the market, trading, and behind the scenes deals that allow a government to build an economy. This, unfortunately, leads to tired houses of formulaic construction principles, to serve an ever growing nation. A building boom is required to create growth, but sometimes, Britain is not seeing the light on how to build for the future. This is difficult in an ever bludgeoning world, full of information. This is by way of the internet, publications, and through the messages brought to us by art, music, and literature. The message is this: We must be more rational in our architectural designs, and not be so polite. Britain is famed for its etiquette, at least amongst those who practice it. It is about time we stopped being so polite in our designs. ‘I will not build like that, just in case I cannot pull it off, in case everyone criticizes me. I know nothing else but a stream of consciousness in my designs, and so I will have to try again’. Everything is safe. The challenge is to unlock the wealth of design talent that exists. We need to harness the good architectural ideas: the rational, the abstract, and the sparse in order to find a requiem, and the sustainability, and longevity, of a New Britain. This book will set up some important rules, about how and what architecture could be, for the UK. 

It’s precious cargo, you’ve got to be strong to lift it. The light comes in different types, so be more specific.’1(Tariq Trotter: 2010, Philadelphia)

The conceptual reduction in the title, can only be consistent through rules: the continuity of a language, including: syntax (movement), typology, and symbolism over the environment.