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The Unsinkable Modernist (nybooks.com)
20 points by prismatic 26 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 3 comments

> the philistine indifference to Modernism in interwar Britain [..] Tom Wolfe’s ignorant anti-Modernist diatribe From Bauhaus to Our House (1981)

If only people weren't such ignorant philistines, they would like the blocky, sterile, concrete and glass modernist architecture!

Of course these are the same people that usually dismiss criticism with "there are no objective criteria for Art", and in the next breath invent countless reasons why Modernist architecture is superior, and the old styles must be discarded. I do not expect any kind of intellectual honesty from them.

Discarding the legacy is the most direct way to stand out against the backdrop of centuries, which is why I believe the modernist architecture came to be - there was no room in the hall of fame for the new generation of architects, so they burned down the place and called it art.

Incidentally, many software frameworks, languages, and processes share the same traits.

They didn’t burn anything down really, they built on top of existing ideas and technologies at the time, especially new industrial processes (in architecture specifically).

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