ABSTRACT

Architecture throughout history may be described in terms of the myths and technologies which influence its making. Classical architecture was evolved by, and served, the most successful empire in Western history for over six hundred years. The myths which surround and maintain this architecture through its origins, include the tabernacle in the desert and wood construction which dictated overall form and abstracted detail, proportional systems derived from the intervals of musical harmony, urban arrangements supporting ritual observances around an assembly of allegorical gods all dictating forms manifested in materials which carry Nature’s imprint. Such characteristics are invoked by some to perpetuate for eternity an architecture supposedly dictated by rules divinely given and therefore an expression of Nature’s order. This is a weighty, mythical inheritance which Modernism challenged. There is, however, no reasonable adjustment to these myths or the craft technology which supported them which might enable classical rubric to be transposed in toto to a period dominated by intellectual invention and technical developments unprecedented in history.