From time to time I’m reminded of how unrepentant certain purveyors and apologists of modernism are regarding their role in the destruction of our cities. On the website “CityLab” one particular specialist in “design and architecture” (sic) writes about the magnificence of particular mid-century atrocities thrust upon Buffalo, New York in praise of such soul crushing examples of horrific inhumane structures that I can’t help but think it must be tongue and cheek.
These buildings are praised as noteworthy examples of urban transportation infrastructure worthy of protection(!):
Maybe he really does like this, but it’s like someone suffering from coprophagia (I looked it up) thinking they should give nutritional advice when they should realize that they need to seek help. Immediately.
This is public art?
Remember when you read “The Emperor’s New Clothes” to your kids? Think about it. I’ll give you a second. My own heuristic is that it to be art it must be beautiful, meaningful, difficult to execute, or some combination thereof with a bonus, of course, for originality…but not in total absence of the other three.
I can’t imagine a more degrading streetscape than this:
Compared to these simple, beautiful, humanizing concepts:
Anyone who disagrees needs to kept as far away as possible from any publications that might influence decision makers in urban design. He should also see a doctor. Soon. Like, right away. I know the site is called CityLab, but maybe we should stop encouraging such experimentation on our cities.