Architecture, before being a building is a thought, If only because it is extremely cheaper than a skyscraper
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Modernism, Minimalism. He was, together with Le Corbusier, one of the fathers of modern architecture and a revolutionary cigar lover who replaced the prevailing architectural styles thanks to a steady abolition of all ornament.
He created a tabula rasa on which volumes and pure concepts such as the glass used in its buildings could soar. But modernism, over time, lost its imagination, transforming into a straitjacket to which you could not rebel.
Robert Venturi. Postmodernism was the natural reaction to modernism. He considered the contemporary city as outside the framework of modern architecture and reintroduced symbolism, contradiction and complexity ignoring the previous values such as simplicity and consistency. Postmodernism produced a forest of uninteresting skyscrapers.
Philip Cortelyou Johnson. Opportunism and eclecticism. As a curator he was able to identify and absorb architectural styles and had the ability to capture the spirit of his times. Later he was able to iinnovate materials. forms and even vocabulary into his works. His Glass House is a compendium of the history of the twentieth century.
Rem Koolhaas. Cynical realism . He was nicknamed the Le Corbusierof our times and an attentive observer. With his essays he investigated phenomena as The Berlin Wall, the Generic City, the problem of Large Size, China, Globalization, Shopping, etc..
By saying “More is better” recognizes the fact that accumulation and bundling have replaced higher forms of organization such as the hierarchy of space and composition. Understanding precedes action.
Barack Hussein Obama. Unity and optimism em>. Proposes a change through unity . There’s no reason to choose between Democrats and Republicans, when you can choose the United States of America.
Bjarke Ingles. Utopic pragmatism em>. The history of architecture has always been dominated by two different trends: the avant-garde with crazy ideas, often far from reality, and the strict organization of associated firms that build predictable and boring blocks of excellent quality. Ingles is among these two opposed schools of thought with the aim to create the perfect places from a social, economic and environmental point of view.
Taken from: Yes is more, Taschen 2011