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Style wars begin: ‘housing tsar’ Scruton slams Modernist architecture


Building design and construction has always been driven by materials. If the ancient Greeks had invented glass, they would have designed giant windows. If the Gothics could have invented the lattice truss, the cathedrals would have been massive open plan spaces If the mud-hut builders had invented insulated plasterboard, they might not have had to cut down the forest for firewood. Scruton seems to be dreaming of a pastiche future, he should start by funding some of these stylistic developments he desires, see how much they cost, and whether they sell. If they do (and Poundbury is not an example), good luck to him.

Posted date

16 November, 2018

Posted time

9:30 am