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Opening history

Björn Linn (Institutionen för arkitektur)
Konsthistorisk Tidskrift (0023-3609). Vol. 77 (2008), 1-2, p. 146-150.
[Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig]

To open history, the question-mark is the most powerful tool. What does the work say? Conventional labels of "style" are no answers; they just give a semblance of order. Look for the motive, not for superficial similarities in motifs, as these contain traps. An influence may equally result in a reaction - "this is not what I want to do". Architecture is a conditioned art; the architect is not a free artist. To understand a work of architecture, the conditions behind it must be sought out as thoroughly as possible. Understanding a historical work may reveal alternative conventions which had become forgotten. Remember that architecture is an operative field of knowledge. In theoretical speculation, practically anything might be said; the challenge is to produce an operative theory which may help better design.

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