Monday, March 30, 2009
The Twentieth Century Is Over
THAT'S THE IMAGE that accompanied Nicolai Ouroussoff's article Reinventing America’s Cities: The Time Is Now. It's Le Corbusier Ville Radieuse from the Great Depression, updated with the latest in architectural gimmicks and stupid style. Has Ouroussoff learned nothing from the last 70 years?
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Noticed that too. I read the article really hoping there was something new in there but it was completely barren. Stale ideas from lazy minds. That doesn't mean nothing is about to change. On the contrary. It's a sign of a wide open field waiting for fresh thinking (or any thinking at all).
Love your postings.
Posted by: Murphy at Mar 31, 2009 9:32:34 PM
"Has Ouroussoff learned nothing from the last 70 years?"
At least, he hasn't learned either humility or irony. Because in today's piece on the two new NY baseball stadia he writes,
"American stadium design has been stuck in a nostalgic funk, with sports franchises recycling the same old images year after year."
Make the appropriate substitutions, and the thought applies just as well to "modern" architecture as a whole.
Or, to bring back an old Doonesbury line, "Nicolai, it seems like only the other day you were recycling the same old images... Oh, wait... It was only the other day..."
Posted by: Hal O'Brien at Apr 2, 2009 9:09:50 PM