Sunday, March 3, 2013

If Frank Played Computer Games

The famous flutings on the famous columns---what are they there for? To hide the joints in wood--when columns were made of wood, only these aren't, they're marble. ... Your Greeks took marble and they made copies of their wooden structures out of it, because others had done it that way. Then your masters of the Renaissance came along and made copies in plaster of copies in marble of copies in wood. Now here we are making copies in steel and concrete of copies in plaster of copies in marble of copies in wood. Why?
-Howard Roark, from "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand

Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.
-Frank Lloyd Wright

I've seen many renditions of superstructures in Minecraft, some actually enormously tall and complex buildings, while others are sprawling villages and cities. But with most of these builds, the creators are emulating real-world architecture. Why?

Minecraft architecture doesn't need struts and supports. It doesn't need cantilevers and struts for balconies and overhangs. Unless you're playing on a server with complex mods installed, you don't need fake appliances.

In "vanilla," as playing mod-free is called, you merely need furnaces, crafting tables, chests, and for the more advanced, brewing stands and enchanting tables.

The characters can't sit, so why make fake chairs? The characters don't eat from dishes that they set down, so why build fake chairs?

I built such that form follows functionality, not the other way around. Functionality is what's important, and yet, as usual, most people are intent on bringing unnecessary architectural rules into the mix, making everything so much more difficult.

Build within the contours of the land, and all else with come on it's own. You can find beauty in the world without having to build it yourself.