Notes on a conversation:

“What is vernacular architecture?” 

----“...”

 “What is VERNACULAR?”
----“..........”


“Can something be ‘somewhat’ vernacular?”

“People used to be LIMITED by geography.”

“Information has deteriorated our limits.”

 

“If the housing association can regulate appearance, can a vernacular be inscribed in a series of laws...?”

 

“So...what is allowed to be iconographic architecture?”

“What do we WANT as iconographic IMAGES?”

“We are CONSUMING vernacular.”

“In this consumption, is there a loss of vernacular?”

---- “YES”

-------- “...”

“Is there validity in our anger?”

 

“Should we be mad at starchitects?”

“Are you mad?”

“....”

 

“Is the American suburban house a vernacular?”

---- “YES” 

-------- “NO”

------------ “...”

 

“If Google is able to compile X number of digital models of things, is there a digital vernacular?”

 

“What are the rights of an architecture?”

“Does architecture have rights?”

 

“What gets to be reappropriated?”

“What gets to become iconic?”

“What gets to be a STATUS symbol?”

 

“What is a style?”

“What is vernacular?”

----“...”
 

--------“Why does any of this matter?”
 

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