April 9, 2012

WE'RE GONNA NEED MORE DYNAMITE:

Atrocities Should Be Eliminated (Anthony M. Daniels, APRIL 8, 2012, NY Times)

Buildings should be preserved for one of two reasons: they were the site of events of great historic importance, or they are of aesthetic merit. Buildings in the Brutalist style -- which uses raw concrete or other materials to make art galleries look like fallout shelters -- are certainly aesthetically outstanding: unfortunately, in an entirely negative sense. A single such building can ruin an entire townscape, and it is often difficult to believe that such ruination was not the intention of the architect.

There is, I suppose, a third possible reason to preserve a building: to ensure that at least one example of its genre should survive. Thus it would be worth preserving one of Le Corbusier's concrete monstrosities just to remind everyone of his astonishing and arrogant incompetence. "My friendly concrete," he once wrote -- and meant it. Does one laugh or cry? Anyone who reads his books will be at once convinced that he was an architectural fascist (and I use the word advisedly).

Preserve one and pull the rest down.



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