> I remember working for an engineer who kept saying "form follows function".
> (I think it's Bauhaus.) I didn't think it was true when he said it. Now I'm
> sure it's wrong.
It was Louis Sullivan, I believe, or his pupil Frank Lloyd Wright. And they in
fact were right, but their dictum has been so vulgarized into an excuse for
International Style that its meaning is practically meaningless these days.
Birds have wings because they fly:
Birds have a certain form (wings) because of what they do (fly), not the other
way around. Skyscrapers have a form (tallness) because of what they can do (get
stuff up with elevators). Buildings weren't very tall until Otis gave them the
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