Copy and the Original – Modernism Cenotaph | Italy
This memorial represents an elaborated epitaph to modern architecture, specifically, romanticization of Corbusier’s architecture and principles. The work also casts a critical light from the perspective of the Derrida’s work related to the original and the copy, ie whether a copy (a new original) exists as an autonomous work, which shuts down its origins or serves as a cumulative continuation of the one from which the context emerged. Does today’s original glorifies former one, or creates it?
The memorial is based on the principle of an architectural algorithm, which modifies, elaborates and semantical redefines the corners of the former authority and thus serves as an ambivalent cenotaph, an expressive representation of the former, or the suggestive dominance of the present time. The fact that today’s architecture (but also a great amount of everything else), is largely based on the form, or on the “harmonic” arrangement of angles, does not exclude the basics from which the teachings of such forms were born.
Description of the Nekropolis
– (Le Corbisian’s) plans are founded below the surface on the basis of learning and designing. The volume filled with water distorts the surface of the plans that are painted as monochromatic murals and serves as an inverse (underground) underwater, epitaph.
– With plans as the starting point, the progression of the memorial is the same as the progression of architecture from Moderna to today. A new algorithm that decomposes corners is created, the structure is fragmented, and ultimately deconstruction of the entire composition is needed for the purpose of an expressive impression. Regarding the architecture of this memorial, in particular, all the other elements of architectural anatomy, besides Cornes, are avoided, since the Corners are the most important formal and I metaphysical element.
– The newly created composition gives the impression of the labyrinth or forgotten city that awakens anthropological curiosity with each visitor. The recognizable above-ground and underground forms play the role of the announcement of Le Corbisian’s life pulled through the entire polymorphic monolith.