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


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.

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19 November, 2018

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