"...while to the atheists, having the right beliefs brings salvation from the ignorant and superstitious past that fills the place of eternal damnation in their mythos."
A bright observation! This is also the very sign of modernist architecture, the architecture of progress, to contradict all traditional architecture. Except for Norman Borlaug, I can hardly think of anyone that has brought more damage upon our world than Le Corbusier.
Salingaros has a nice essay about this in last issue of New English Review: http://www.newenglishreview.org/custpage.cfm/frm/142185/sec_id/142185
By the way, in Norway we have a party named "Fremskrittspartiet", which directly translated means "the party of progress." In the election this week they got close to 17% of the votes.
A pity not more people here read your blog, then not so many would have voted for a party with such an obscure name.
John Michael Greer said...
Øyvind, granted, Le Corbusier has a lot to answer for, but I'd save a share of the blame for the Bauhaus. My sister-in-law had to spend a year in a college dorm designed by Gropius, and ended up wishing that he could be condemned by a just and wrathful God to spend all eternity in his own buildings.
|Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus School. To be condemned to spend an eternity in his buildings is surely a punishment surpassing all of Dante's visions of Hell.|
Read the article here.