Form Follow Function Analysis

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Form Follow Function
There are several ideas that changed architecture and one of the famous idea was “form follow function”. It is a phrase that is not only used in architecture but also used in product design, engineering, urban design and popular media and culture. Some architects believed in form follow function while other like famous American architect Louis Sullivan believed that form ever follow function. In the phrase “form follow function” form can be said to follow function only if function is considered as a whole that precede form. Later by an architect Bernard Tschumi this phrase was inverted from “form follow function” and became “function follow form” by the belief that building form did not need to signify its use. In fact form could come before use.
From the above paragraph we came up with the following questions:
Form follow function or function follow form?
What is more important in architecture appearance or the purpose of the building?
In this essay we’ll basically discuss these questions in a dialectical mode of logic. The essay contain three main parts
1) A position on the theoretical topics, the thesis;
2) An acknowledgement of the shortcoming of the position through the critical eyes of opposing points of views, the antithesis; and
3) Transformation of the conflicting views, the synthesis
For thesis, I’ll delve into the architects who believes in form follow function and on the building often looks simple from outside but simply concern their performance as per the user’s requirements who use them. The appearance of the building is followed by the function of the building which is obtained accidentally after the process of designing to accomplish the requirement of the user. For exampl...

... middle of paper ... In fact, form could precede use; use could be determined later. The “function follow form” concept gained validity through a variety of examples of adaptive reuse: school turned into apartments, warehouses turned into retail spaces, and churches turned into pubs. The argument was not that function was inappropriate but that form need not rely on function fir its expressive character. According to Bernard Tschumi function is not certainly always related to form. Function can occur in many different form and form itself can have different functions. To support his above statement he gave an example of a house that does not have a door, a window and a roof and that house can can have the shape of a tree, or can look like an umbrella, or look like a science fiction machine. All of these could be houses. The form can be different but it has the same function.
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