“Modern Brutalism: Form forever follows function… sometimes”
The power, strength, and meaning of brutalist building forms is an influential message in the transition of time. That form of architecture can strongly survive, but sometimes the function of such things can culturally crumble.
We learned some encouraging news about the old Carnegie Library! It turns out that a number of windows were salvaged from the old library when it was demolished in 1964. Chadwick Barrie salvaged the windows with the help of his sons, and the windows were stored at the Barrie family home ever since. On July 24, 2017, the Board of Library Trustees accepted the donation of the windows to the Riverside Public Library. The Barrie family has made the donation with the hope that the windows will be incorporated into the new library.
“Restoration or Radical Reconstruction: Ordinary, Symbolic, and Cultural Memory”
What happens to architecture? Sometimes it’s torn down, or deteriorates, or restored, or radically reconstructed. All of this can be ordinary, but the most evocative part of any this is the important symbolic and cultural memory that affects and inspires us.