Monday, December 30, 2002

From Alexander Tzonis Le Corbusier: The Poetics of Machine and Metaphor
Repeatedly Le Corbusier used the expression "eyes that do not see" to criticize his contemporaries. By that he stressed that "seeing" is a cognitive rather than a retinal phenomenon. Seeing involves identifying, understanding properties and usages, and follows from learning. Le Corbusier's mission was to instruct his contemporaries how to "see" artifacts rather than to make artifacts just to be seen. Indeed, his structures, paintings, sculptures, and publications were objects good for learning and not producst to be consumed and experienced only.