Proceeding from the following quote, briefly explain Ginzburg's historical model of stylistic change, referring back to Volliet-le-Duc and Gottfried Semper wherever appropriate.
"A Flower grows in the field because it cannot help but to grow: thus it cannot contemplate whether or not it is appropriate to the field that existed before it.On the contrary, by its very appearance, the flower transforms the general image of the field"
Ginzburg talks about the formal development of styles and how the modern architecture is grown from the past but isn't necessarily based on the past.These ideas are very much shared by Semper.This growth is singular and linear, based on a preceding proposition, each out growing the latter, but not continuing the old."…a person making use of the achievements in electricity cannot, under any circumstances, be forced to revert to steam power.Gottfried Semper explains this form of thinking very well in that, we learn from the past, we cannot copy it, as this is a waste but rather we cannot turn our backs on this existing knowledge, and previous epochs.
The development and changing of styles is a meshed concept.There is no end or beginning of styles.
Ginzburg explains the life of a particular style as a growing organism in that it is born, "lives out its youth", matures and lives out it's old age, but never dies, but rather atrophies.This is why the actual timing of a style is impossible to track, for there is no death of a style, the life of the style atrophies.Styles cannot be erased because they are not physical elements to knocked down and demolished.So when an epoch forms, there is a trace of the old style, a marking, like a child would have of his parents.Each style has a genetic imprint of its parent, history.
"A flower grows in the field because it cannot help but to grow…" A flower germinates in the grown and is thus,…