Considering the topic ‘architecture’ is a little to simple I tried starting other conversations with brains like ‘measurement’ ‘stairs’ ‘window’. With these searches I wasn’t really satisfied so I changed the topic back to architecture. After all my book describing modern architecture, it seemed reasonable. The search term that led me to my first finding was ‘modern architecture’.
Later I wanted to talk about the topic ‘modern’, since it can have many possible meanings and discovered another finding.
There were many dead ends. Many searches did not end with desirable results. Since Jambert in his book talks about the architecture as whole, it makes it different to refine the search and find something that connects to his book.
For all my conversations I used the Xenotheka Library as Alice’s brain.
Koolhaas, Elements of Architecture
One book that showed up all the time was ‘Elements of Architecture’ by Koolhaas. At first, I didn’t really paid much attention to it because it seemed to new. But after some time, I came to a point where this difference in time caught my attention. In Koolhaas book, like the title states, he writes about the elements of architecture. He talks about floors, stairs, doors, balconies, ramps and so on. Jombert also thinks in elements and his view of the architecture of this time. In some way they wrote a similar book but in a completely different time.
Hays, Architecture Theory since 1968
“In Eisenman’s view, modern architecture was never fully modern.”
This quote is taken from Hays work. I found it an interesting confrontation. Jambert talks about what he understands about “modern architecture”. Most likely Hays didn’t talk about the architecture Jambert talks about. But he poses a question which challenges the understanding of what Jambert considers as modern.
Mallgrave, Modern Architectural Theory
I looked at this book since it has a similar title to my book. At further investigation I found out that the time he looks at includes the time where Jombert published his book “Architecture moderne”. While Jombert discusses technical issues like construction, measurements of the buildings, uses and costums, Mallgrave looks at architectural discourse within its social and political atmosphere. Working with both books, one probably gets a more complete picture of the architecture Jombert describes.