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TAKING ARCHITECTURE SERIOUSLY

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Should architecture be funnier? This very idea is anathema to most architects and critics; architecture is supposed to be serious, stable, safe - built for the ages. Architects from Louis Kahn to Peter Zumthor have cloaked their entire oeuvre within the shrouds of the sober, mysterious, poetic aspects of light, structure, solid, natural materials. Not funny at all. Fashion Architecture Taste (FAT) were architects who took a different approach. Their Soft Hercules stool, for example, was a classical bust cast in foam rubber to make a comfortable seat. Sam Jacob, a founder of FAT, describes it as an object that seems as solid and serious as something in a museum; while in actuality it is soft and squishy and designed for the home. This disparity is what makes it funny, but also somewhat threatening to architecture’s ideals regarding solidity. Jacob believes that “the use of...

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