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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Facadism raises interesting questions about the wider purpose of listing.
Elaborating a matrix of urban elements and their syntax from the information provided by morphological analysis can serve to enhance the integration of new construction into a deeper system of material culture, going beyond 'facadism' or superficial 'theming,' but structuring it in harmony with the logic that guided previous urbanisation.
The building itself, which had been designed--maintaining the Chicago connection--by Daniel Burnham, established a strong and distinctive presence; although I have heard its pillared frontage dismissed by an architectural historian as an example of mere "facadism," I can't help finding it curiously likeable, as I suspect lots of Londoners do.
Kinetic went for a severe form of facadism, proposing to keep only the Commercial Street facades as a free-standing screen to the new development.
In the Renaissance, we learn, transparency yields to facadism; the bubble presents itself to the world through layers of illusion and deception.
Once we appreciate that Weimar facadism is not merely the prelude to fascism and dehumanization, we can begin to recover a sense of its dynamism and creativity.
Heritage advocate and scholar Bryan Paraiso, who's opposed to the approach of 'facadism,' said it 'presents an illusory form of heritage protection.'
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. That public buildings should adopt certain styles produced wasteful and crudely sculpted work and to those with modern minds ornament could only be seen as conspicuous waste.
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.