Public Lecture #06 – The Fountainhead

We are gladly to invite you to attend the movie review about the fountainhead hosted by Tatyana Kusumo and Jovita Lisyani who work for RAW Architecture, both of them were graduated from University Pelita Harapan.
The Fountain Head is movie based on novel  by Ayn Rand about idealistic person in profession of architect facing reality, culture and social expectation. He struggles in his career proving that his view is right, and keep finding clients to prove this vision about how building should be built in proving his capability and trust with his clients.
We took the review from archdaily: It came out in 1943, exactly 70 years ago this summer. In the movie version a few years later, Gary Cooper played Howard Roark, the character famously modeled after Frank Lloyd Wright. Since then, Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, her “hymn in praise of the individual” (New York Times), has made legions of young people want to become architects. The late Lebbeus Woods wrote that the story “has had an immense impact on the public perception of architects and architecture, and also on architects themselves, for better and for worse.” I’d say worse. In fact, the Fountainhead remains the perfect representation of everything that’s wrong with the profession.
Consider the plot. Here’s the most popular story—maybe the only popular story—ever written about an architect, and in it the hero defends his right to dynamite a building because it wasn’t made the way he wanted. “I destroyed it because I did not choose to let it exist,” declares Roark. At best, this is like a kid throwing a tantrum and smashing his toy blocks. At worst, it’s terrorism masquerading as free speech.
Today, they say the Fountainhead is dead, but everywhere you look architects are portrayed as if they’re strange and special beings, somehow more than mortal. And their views are decidedly Roarkian. Frank Gehry, the most famous architect of our time, has said that denying the architect’s right to self-expression is like denying democracy. But democracy is the will of the majority, not the individual, and Ayn Rand hated democracy because she felt that it crushes personal freedom. When the lines between individualism and democracy blur, it’s safe to say that Rand’s ghost still haunts us. http://www.archdaily.com/447141/the-fountainhead-everything-that-s-wrong-with-architecture/
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