Architecture is the one art we all must love
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-