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Von J. S.

But can we speak of another kind of lightness that complicates and displaces this familiar understanding? Can we talk about a spirit of lightness capable of moving in even the heaviest brute materials and of showing even the thinnest transparencies to be slow or weighed down? Can we speak of light materialities and heavy transparencies, a strange weightlessness of the earth itself? When masonry walls were replaced by steel skeletons and reinforced concrete, the old principle of load and Support, which Schopenhauer took as definitive of architecture, no longer seemed quite so essential...

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