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Unformatted text preview: Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo Explores two interpretations of the words “The book will kill the church!’ 1. The thought of the priest – the spoken and the written word versus printing Knowledge overcomes faith, opinion belief One power must supersede another – the printing press will kill the church 2. The thought of the scholar and the artist The form of human thought was changed, and the method of expression followed suit The book of stone gave way to the book of paper – more solid and lasting => Printing will kill architecture Architecture was originally the chief expression of the development of man The past had become too weighty to remember through only verbal record => tradition was sealed beneath a monument – the most clear, durable, and natural method of the time Creates analogies between architecture and writing: The alphabet came first “A stone was set up, and that was a letter, and every letter was a hieroglyph, and every hieroglyph supported a group of ideas, which were like the capital to the pillars.” Then granite syllables were linked to form words Where the resources were available, whole sentences were constructed Eventually the early monuments could no longer contain the symbols that were growing and multiplying at a rapid rate – symbolism expanded into an edifice, providing it with an eternal, palpable form => Architecture developed alongside human thought The principal idea was not just a base, it became embodied in the form [The Temple of Solomon was not merely the binding of the Word of God, it was the Word of God itself] => The word was enshrined in the building, and the image was seen on the surrounding walls The site of the edifice revealed the idea just as the form did Explains that architecture documents the transition from theocracy to democracy – the law of liberty succeeding to unity => this discipline is not limited to merely erecting a temple and giving expression to...
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- Fall '09
- Architecture, human thought