Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Architecture+Lots o' Books.


As I flipped through Hegel, I became aware that he sees architecture as a somewhat inadequate form of art. That's cool, he's entitled to think that way, and it certainly fits into the overall philosophical framework he's constructed, but I find the conclusion unsatisfying. Not least because of the above.
That's the Bodleian Library at Oxford, and it is awesome on several levels. Not only is it a fine-looking building (especially in this light), but it is a repository of knowledge with few peers. I understand that Hegel is not likely to consider architectural forms to be bound with the purpose of the building (of course, neither does Kant), but in this case, not only does the form suit the purpose (check out pictures of the interior: they're svelte), the purpose is an ideal beauty all its own.

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