Research into relationship between art of wise continuation and other methods of an architect’s work on the example of the Rockefeller Center design and its implementation
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The paper presents the topic of work of modern architects, which is set in a wide historical context, which in turn allows to join cultural heritage with the present and the future. Defining the method is superior in relation to the subsequent choice of parameters. The definition itself is not sufficient to render the method of wise continuation possible to implement, detailed hints are necessary – the choice of correct parameters which can subsequently be used in the research. They are: relating to historical context (including the respect for history) and creation of frameworks for future reshaping of space – the category of time; relating the size to the neighbourhood – in terms of size and the “order of elevation” – the category of scale; relation to psychosomatic needs of the user – the category of prestige and comfort; susceptibility of space to cultural activities outside architecture, according to the rule that states that flexibility of space allows the imagination to work with free artistic creation. The Rockefeller Center is one of the greatest realizations of monumental architecture, whose construction required the efforts of a substantial and very talented group of people (architects, construction engineers and fitters, financiers etc.). It can be said that it is a work of art devoid of an artist, an example of “committee architecture”.
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