Architecture + Democracy
“A modern, harmonic and lively architecture is the visible sign of an authentic democracy.”
– Walter Gropius
In an architectural context, modern often refers to the international style of architecture, but it could be taken in the traditional sense as “of the time.” Similarly, harmonic could mean “to resonate,” or even better, “to achieve a balance of form and function.” But what stands out to me about this quote is the word lively. In proximity to “democracy,” the meaning of lively architecture is understood not as busy or heavily utilized, but as eclectic. Gropius contends that an authentic democracy would not present itself as uniform, but would naturally present itself in many different styles.