Vitruvius, Vernacularity & Two Horses’ Asses: How Exquisite Architecture is Always Based on Nature | The Cave of Apelles

Knowledge of the craft and what you are up against is vital for the revival of classical architecture. Carl Korsnes sits down with Eric Norin to talk about the knowledge handed down to us by Vitruvius, good examples of building projects with local coloring, the impact of seemingly innocent standardizations, the driving force of early modernists, and more.

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Chapter markers:
00:02 Modernism: a gift to carpenters
05:37 Big scale, standardized and ugly
09:01 The width of two horses’ asses
11:50 Virtruvius’ definition of beauty
16:28 Architecture is the mother discipline
18:26 Architects must know many professions
22:51 Professional architects are ignorant
26:35 USA, Canada and UK have living traditions
28:13 The “Builders’ guide to architecture”
36:14 Building with vernacular, local twists
45:01 Early modernists had good intentions?
51:13 Modernism and the socialist ideal
1:00:36 National tragedies and collective memory

This episode featured Eric Norin & Carl Korsnes and was filmed and edited by Bork Nerdrum.
The centerpiece was a 19th century reproduction of G. F. Watts’ Hope.


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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"