[previous posts cut out because they were too long]
Unfortunately for you, no one ever said anything about neoclassical architecture. I said neotraditionalist. There are many traditions. Surely, you don’t think all pre-1800’s European architecture is evil because of monarchy and the slave trade? Nothing trumps the evil of capitalism. Such was the motive behind the slave trade.
The reason Modernism (as a whole) is disgusting is that it involves a complete break from the past. It throws out everything and rethinks forms completely. It’s like a guy who leaves civilization, loses his mind, and eventually comes to believe he knows everything. Then he starts a cult. The cult of Modernism. Anyone who can look at a black dot on a white plane and think it’s something profound is clearly off his rocker. That’s how I see adherents of Modernism. That’s basically what I see them doing; looking at obviously plain, boring, cold, rigid, inane buildings and thinking they’re profound. Like this one:
It’s a fucking cuboid. That’s it. Nothing else. It’s… nothing. It’s not architecture. It’s a mockery of architecture. But these brainwashed Modernist zombies fawn over it. I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone. Their mentality doesn’t make any sense. It’s the dissolution of sense. It’s anti-sense. They hate sense. Their tastes became so abstract and minimalist that they now worship nothingness.
Never do these people ask themselves whether there was even anything wrong with forms in the first place. Maybe there was, but there was also a lot that was right with forms. They were designed to meet basic human needs. They were organic and humanist. They made you feel good.
Modernist architecture is the art of building buildings that will make you feel like shit; like an unfeeling object. I don’t want to feel like a non-organism; like a robot; like a coldly “rational” capitalist. I want to feel enriched and alive. Buildings, like people, are social structures. They need to cooperate with those around them. They need to share a culture and resemble each other in form.
Take note of how intricate the design of the buildings in that rendering are. Also notice that there are multiple buildings, not just one. Notice how they comport with and accent human lifestyle. There are many shops and canopies, passageways, balconies, courtyards, layers, non-flat roofs. These are compatible with humanist sensibilities. It’s not weird. It’s not individualistic. It doesn’t see “fitting in” as a negative thing. And, at the same time, it’s both very creative/elegant and down-to-earth and humanistic. It feels like a building by the people and for the people; not by some starchitect trying to get people to think he’s the source of all things profound and avant-garde (a cult).
People also need to realize that Modernism infects all our thinking in our culture, not just architecture. It’s socially acceptible a form of futurism. Most of all, it’s self-deception; it’s dishonesty about who we really are. We’re not original. No individual is given insights into whole new, more profound ways and forms. We hate to feel like we’re not smarter than everyone before us. We hate to admit that they knew what they were doing. We see the events of history and we erroneously conclude that they were all wrong. They weren’t all wrong. There is much nuance in culture, civilization, and history. Good people did what they could to survive in the primitive climate they found themselves in. But their societies were filled with good people. Modernists don’t want to admit that to themselves. Now they build buildings that try to make us feel different and better, but they just make us feel empty and devoid of culture.
Fuck Modernism. It’s reactionary bullshit.
It baffles me how disconnected some people are from the real world. I just don’t understand how people can wax lyrically about ~culture and civilisation~ and ~universal human values~ while completely ignoring the actual experiences of their fellow human beings. For example, let’s not kid ourselves into believing that poor people would be allowed to live in an area like the one in the picture, even if initially they’d try to rent an apartment there, they would be pushed out by gentrification once all those shops endorsing humanist sensibilities opened. Yet you claim that such a building complex would be “by the people and for the people” - which people, exactly? Are poor people not people at all or do they simply not count?
I am by no means a keen supporter of any kind of Modernism, but that has nothing to do with the fact that I’m also not a supporter of the belief that “humanism” is ideologically neutral and represents “universal human values”.
I’m not disconnected from the real world. Didn’t you just hear me “waxing poetically” against capitalism? I’m a socialist. I don’t want there to be any poor people. So all people should/would be able to afford to live in a place like this. And it’s not some “fancy” place where it’s being built. It’s in Munich, Germany. Places with nice architecture like this are all over the place. But they’re not idiots like us. So it’s what one would expect of them.