Nils Ole Lund

Nils Ole Lund

Nils Ole Lund

I came across these great collages on Archive of Affinities and thought you might like them. They are the work of Danish architect Nils-Ole Lund, author of Collage Architecture. It’s hard not to smile at the top collage “the Fashion of Architecture,” but it raises a point: architecture is never timeless. Fashion relies on seasonal trends; while there’s a big difference between concrete and cotton, gold lamé isn’t terribly different from gold-tinted window film. Lund illustrates this in his collage. (Incidentally, the gold-tinted portion of the building even has a name that sounds more like a textile— the curtain wall.) Of course, time scales for seasonal fashion trends and decade-long architectural trends are very different. You can throw away your jelly shoes, again, much more quickly than you could throw away the conversation pit in your living room, or even the asbestos there. Still, both Fashion and Architecture are cultural artifacts specific to the the technology, time period and trends that produced them.

Alex

Alex Dent

April 20, 2011 / By

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