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Proceeding from the following quote briefly explain Ginzburgs 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 isnt 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 its 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
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