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The Treatment of Fractures

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The processes of decay are never as predictable and controllable as the processes of order. As a result, we consider them unaesthetic and uneconomical. A building is closest to its formal, "healthy" ideal on the day of its completion; from that time on, we must deal with its decay. Fantauzzi and Williams applied various treatments with the awareness of the often conflicting demands of order and decay on a building's physical condition. The instruments employed were not neutral to this conflict; at times they repaired and preserved the order to which the building was built and at other times hastened fracture and decay. As ambiguous as these interventions were, they reintroduced a consciousness of time passing through entropic forces in materials.

These treatments alert us to a culture that views nature as a precarious force to be balanced and stabilized. Architecture has historically symbolized this very stability, making its fracture both poignant and inevitable.

Daniel Hoffman