Here is a very thoughtful list from our colleague Bruno Postle. He rightly points out that before we can make a declaration on traditional architecture, we need to unpack that word “tradition” and understand what is and is not involved….
Cheers, Michael Mehaffy
…My observation is that this word ‘tradition’ has so many negative associations, you really need to roll all the way back to the beginning and declare what a ‘true tradition’ is relative to a ‘false tradition’.
So you got me thinking, none of this is specifically about architecture, it could apply to cooking or be pinned on the wall of a maker-space:
1. In a living tradition, we are allowed to copy what works and that meets human needs.
2. A copy is only a ‘fake’ when it is fraud – passing off one thing as something else.
3. In a living tradition, copying isn’t duplication, we are obliged to remix, to fit, adapt and improve.
4. In a living tradition, we share knowledge in common and pass on what we have learned.
5. In a living tradition, we are delighted to be copied, but we like to be acknowledged.
6. A false tradition has none of these things, though it may seem to be old.
7. A false tradition is a marketing device concocted to have the illusion of antiquity.
8. A false tradition is usually camouflage for the indefensible.