Response to NY Times Article on 25 Most Significant Works of Architecture
Updated: Oct 7, 2022
This was a recent response to a New York Times Style Magazine article which can be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/02/t-magazine/significant-postwar-architecture.html?campaign_id=0&emc=edit_cr_20210802&instance_id=0&nl=comments-notifications®i_id=93978470&segment_id=0&user_id=baf182c5dfe5f74184f40d59e5e0aa2e#commentsContainer&permid=113924591:113924591
The articles title is the 25 most signifcant works of post war architecture:
There is a lack of hubris in this article. The vast majority of the projects covered in this list were created at a time when oil and energy and the use and exploitation of nature were either thought to be limitless or at least issues that did not need to be addressed. I wonder how many of these designers would have reacted to the massive loss of biodiversity and the 6th extinction event that is now happening on the planet. The last 80 years have seen the planet and the natural world treated not with gratitude and respect but as resources to be plundered. The earth has lost half its wildlife in the last 40 years (WWF).The natural world has been and is still being destroyed by a culture of consumerism and materialism. This has been largley fueled and facilitated by the majority of architects and designers and their institutions through their words and images first through books and magazines and currently through media.
Its this post war generation of architects and designers - this particular generation - that helped to bring us to this place - sooner or later they will have to own this.
The current generation of architects and designers are the first generation that finally has a clear picture of the value of nature and our impact on it and may be the last that can take action to reverse the massive destruction to the natural world that has been going on for the last 80 years and continues to this day.