Ar­chi­tec­ture is the one art we all must love

Country Life Every Week - - Athena - Cul­tural Cru­sader

AR­CHI­TEC­TURE is the one art­form you sim­ply can’t es­cape from in mod­ern life, so it’s deeply ironic that it re­mains so dif­fi­cult to dis­cuss pub­licly. Rather than ad­dress such cen­tral—but awk­wardly sub­jec­tive—ques­tions as style, form or qual­ity, de­bate usu­ally fo­cuses in­stead on the prac­ti­cal fail­ings of con­tem­po­rary build­ings. As a re­sult, it’s not the real mer­its or fail­ings of a new tower block that are sub­ject to scru­tiny. Head­lines come only if its glass fac­ing fo­cuses the rays of the sun so in­ten­sively on a sur­face that you can fry an egg there.

To some ex­tent, the pro­fes­sion­als take ad­van­tage of this sit­u­a­tion. Ar­chi­tec­ture is vastly ex­pen­sive and that in it­self is a real in­cen­tive to sub­ju­gate ev­ery­thing to con-

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