Let’s analyse the history of men, from the evolution of the human species to the birth of communities, societies, cities, industrial revolutions, metropolis, wars, contradictions, politics, etc…
We can find interesting elements, that often act like constants: the belief in something out of our control, characterized by the birth of moral values and religions, and the need to build a repair where to live, characterized by the actions of planning and building.
Let’s analyse now the contemporary reality that we daily experience, from the technological explosion to the invasion of the internet and media, to artificial intelligence, to radical specialization, to individual hedonism, etc…
In the process of evolution, there is something that we are leaving back in order to go further in our history, and this “something” is our values, intended as the selection of principles that we have learnt with our experience and that control our choices in the present.
The contemporary tendency to put at the centre of the world the individual leads us to a “2nd Enlightenment Era”: if during the Enlightenment in the 19th century, the man discovers the power of reason, now the same man has become conscious of the power of his reason. His reality is the only reality he will ever perceive and, therefore, he wants the maximum advantage possible by putting at the centre of his world his own interests more than ever before.
With the centralization of the attention on the individual instead of a community, the need for moral values falls into oblivion towards new personal and specific values, different for each of us.
In contemporary architecture, the urban complex takes the same properties of the individual: we assist to a more and more specialized fragmentation to pursue the individual interest.
The architecture critic Markus Breitschmidt in the book “Non-referential Architecture”, written in collaboration with the architect Valerio Olgiati, explains clearly this phenomenon of liberation and overcoming of any value and how this fact influences architecture.
Architecture nowadays is entering a revolution with unpredictable results. Historically we have assisted to the end of the Modern Movement and the birth of the Post-Modernism as a reaction to the intellectual crisis of the ‘60s, showed and described by Robert Venturi in his book “ Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture”, written in 1966.
Today we see another step forward: the overcoming of Post-Modernism and the arrival of a formalization of architecture, a liberation from any reference.
Architecture becomes the formal answer to ideas expressed by the architect, according to his individual vision. Junya Ishigami, Sou Fujimoto, OFFICE KGDVS, Valerio Olgiati, Fala Atelier, Norell/Rodhe, BAST, Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu, and so on, are clear examples of contemporary architects who act according to new logic issues in the architectural world. They put at the centre of it the idea and they react to the rest with extreme freedom, they accept the new formal nature of architecture.
Sticks&Stones is an open box with the intention of collecting and studying results and processes of the contemporary, without neglecting the past through multiple media, from art to architecture to photography.