Saturday, February 16, 2019

Reviewing a review …

… Rybczynski reviews Dystopia | Architecture Here and There. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)It may be understandable, given the intense pressure on critics, to parrot the conventional wisdom about modern architecture. Maybe that explains why Rybczynski’s rebuttal to Dystopia‘s powerful but rarely heard explanation for the rise of modern architecture is so lame. But he makes up for it, big-time, by returning, in the last segment of his review, to the most vital truth: that traditional architecture’s replacement by modern architecture was very bad for the world. That took courage. Read the review.

Philadelphia, of course, boasts one of modern architecture's successes: The PSFS Building.

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