Scruton has a point as does James Curl with his book 'Making Dystopia'. The main issue is a contextual one with buildings in our cities designed in isolation to each other and competing for our attention through different languages. Modern technology and computer wizadry have exacerbated the situation by enabling architects to reach for the sky whilst satisfying the egos of the stakeholders, resulting in buildings blocking each other when it comes to views or daylight reception. A really absurd situation.
Classical design grew out of ancient practices of either worshipping the gods, or paying homage to the power and wonder of nature. Modern architecture and design has lost its way simply because such inspirational forces have been swept aside, and technology of building has taken over. In other words any creativity of form and structure is in cold detachment from the very humanistic aspirations that are evident in classicism.
It is soulless pigeonhole architecture that is so boring the interior is equipped with swirling curves to help relieve it. Failed I'm afraid.
In my teaching experience the universities from the early 1990's started to move the goalposts of admission criteria to increase student numbers. For example, architectural applicants used to have to have passed A level Maths and Physics, but not any more. Also the mood changed so that failing a student was not an option because of loss of their fee. This of course meant that there was an increase in students from all economic levels and despite the student loans the costs became prohibitive as this article shows.
The same argument can be levelled at courses in the Arts such as Drama whereby the wealthier students have a better chance of survival.
Comment on: Mac almost ‘completely destroyed’ by fire
This building is not a treasure of Glasgow but of the whole world. This disaster reflects our misunderstanding of how valuable such a building is. I visited the school in the mid 1980's and I was in such awe that I could not believe that people were actually using the building just as though it was a warehouse or any other nondescript building. Even then I walked around hardly drawing breath at its magificence and disbelief that it was being treated with such disregard, instead of preserving it more as a museum. A huge loss.
Totally agree with previous comments especially to the lack of cohesion between each building. A single vision needs a single co-ordinating architect it make it work. These are dreadful lumps devoid of any humanity and lacking any identity of the content. But hey, this part of London is one of the most depressing areas to drive or walkabout, so the buildings do fit in that regard.