Architecture in the Age of Printing: Orality, Writing, by Mario Carpo

By Mario Carpo

The self-discipline of structure is dependent upon the transmission in house and time of gathered stories, innovations, ideas, and versions. From the discovery of the alphabet to the advance of ASCII code for digital communique, the method of recording and transmitting this physique of information has mirrored the dominant info applied sciences of every interval. during this ebook Mario Carpo discusses the communications media utilized by Western architects, from classical antiquity to trendy classicism, exhibiting how every one medium concerning particular kinds of architectural considering. Carpo highlights the importance of the discovery of movable style and robotically reproduced photographs. He argues that Renaissance architectural idea, rather the procedure of the 5 architectural orders, used to be consciously constructed in keeping with the codecs and capability of the hot revealed media. Carpo contrasts structure within the age of printing with what preceded it: Vitruvian thought and the manuscript structure, oral transmission within the center a long time, and the fifteenth-century transition from script to print. He additionally means that the elemental ideas of "typographic" structure thrived within the Western global so long as print remained our major details know-how. The shift from published to electronic representations, he issues out, will back modify the process structure.

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But medieval travelers didn’t send picture postcards, and they didn’t take home sketchbooks filled with drawings. On returning, they could easily relate names, numbers, and general distances, but as we have already seen, this sort of ecphrasis had its limits. So, of necessity, when it came to copying buildings, the traits that were imitated were, first and foremost, the available and known—those that could be described verbally. Returning from a visit to the Holy Land in the seventh century, the French Bishop Arculf disembarked (for reasons that remain mysterious) | | 37 | Chapter 3 | | 38 | on the coast of Scotland.

Returning from a visit to the Holy Land in the seventh century, the French Bishop Arculf disembarked (for reasons that remain mysterious) | | 37 | Chapter 3 | | 38 | on the coast of Scotland. On the island of Iona he encountered Abbot Adamnan, who was at that time involved in a dispute with some Irish monks, who vaunted a heretical and old-fashioned form of tonsure then attributed to Simon Magus. Taking time off from this heated debate, Adamnan listened to the tales of his French guest’s journey and compiled them in a manuscript.

Nevertheless, the treatise constitutes an important chapter in both the history of the book and the history of modern architectural theory. 18 Serlio’s insistence on the popular character of his treatise has sometimes caused us to forget the ambition of his program: the reduction of the infinite universe of architectural creation to the closed world of a catalog of ready-made parts. 19 But the adaptation of a general epistemology to the teaching of a specific discipline caused some points of friction and created problems that went unresolved.

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