Facadism


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Facadism

Preserving the facade of a building while demolishing or altering the rest of the building.
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Rather it was due to the prevailing belief that ornament was utter meaninglessness, due to the crimes of the Victorians that had reduced ornament to an ingredient in sham facadism.
So far, the arbitrary angling is perhaps merely facadism, but the real interest of the design is in the way in which the rigidity of the Vierendeel frames is used to allow enclosed vertical space to flow up through the building from the entrance hall almost to the top, but moving east and west at each level.
Promoted as an exercise in self-similar patterns inspired by complexity theory, Eisenman's social housing at Kochstrasse for the Berlin IBA is as vapid an exercise in facadism as any Post-Modern architect's.