The Haunting Beauty Of Modern Architecture

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One of the areas where modern society is making the greatest progress is in architecture. Until recently, classic Italian ‘rennaisance’, ‘baroque’ and neoclassical forms of architecture were deemed to be the standard by which all other architecture was judged. Visit almost any city in Italy such as Florence, Rome, Naples, Pisa and you will still find many examples of these styles.

Columns, pillasters and other elements of construction were used in an attempt to create works of symmetry and supposed ‘aesthetic beauty’. A classic example of such architecture is Milan Cathedral:

Cathedral in Piazza del Duomo. Urgently needs to be demolished to make way for more progressive style

Other European countries were swift to copy such styles for their cities in acts of grotesque cultural appropriation.

It was only with advances in civilization in the late twentieth century that people realised the terrible architectural crimes that had taken place over previous generations. For hundreds of years, a secret cabal of exclusively white male architects had erected racist and phallic towers and buildings. This meant that city populations were and still are visually raped on a daily basis. This was, sadly, not the only crime committed by these white male elitists.

The truth is that neo-classical architecture is grossly offensive for ethnic minorities. Shockingly, it seems some of our architects today have failed to move on with the times. Many new buildings are pure evil, oppressing people of color. One example of this is Denver’s revamped Union Station. As journalist Mark Rinaldi noted in his article “Did diversity miss the train in Union Station’s architecture?”:

Union Station is a neo-classical mix of styles — European styles. The symmetry, arched windows, ornate cornice and stacked, stone walls have their roots in the glory days of France, England, Greece and Rome, in empires that were nearly absent of ethnic minorities and who felt fully at ease invading, exploiting and actually enslaving the people of Africa, subcontinent Asia and South America.

Yes, that’s all in the past; things have changed. But the $54 million renovation of Union Station doesn’t take that into account. It restores the symbols of an old world with no updates. The gilded chandeliers have been rewired, the marble polished, but there’s no nod to the present, no interior walls in the bright colors of Mexico, no Asian simplicity is in the remix. There are no giant sculptures by African-American artists bonused into the lobby, no murals on the basement walls….The present restoration harkens back to Union Station at its height, in the first half of a 20th century when many Americans suffered the social indignity and economic disadvantage of a segregated America. Denver’s neighborhoods, parks, schools and social amenities were divided sharply by race. Denver’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan, one mayor a member, kept things in their place.”

This is shocking and hurtful to Denver’s people of colour. Union Station needs to be demolished immediately.

What the world is crying out for now is some of the stunning architecture that first came to light in the 1960s and 1970s. Soviet-style architecture is perhaps the embodiment of construction perfection. Whilst symmetry is suggestive of conformity (a good thing), we find assymetry to be more progressive as it reflects the transgendered world we live in. We also need more use of not only bright colours but a mix of colours on the same building to reflect our cultural diversity. We find the Pixel building below to be near-perfection.

Wow, just wow

We have a modest proposition for Europe that makes economic as well as aesthetic sense. Bulldoze your basillicas, demolish your domes, and crush your cathedrals.Replace them with new buildings that take 100 days to build and not 100 years like the ones they will replace. The economy will thank you and so will the population.

Holy Trinity Church, Vienna. Surely more pleasing to God than any Roman basilica?
richandrenee

The pixel building is carbon neutral and scored a perfect 105 points on the green star rating. It is testament that a building can be both beautiful and non carbon polluting at the same time.

Thanks Pbier for such a wonderful article drawing our attention to the dangers of old style architecture.

It is time to pull down all the old non carbon neutral buildings and replace them with modern green buildings before climate change devastates the entire third world.

richandrenee

The danger that carbon poses is so grave – the UN must legislate global green building regulations ASAP. If a building can’t comply to being at least carbon neutral then it must be illegal to build.

All new buildings should be carbon negative and all older non carbon compliant buildings must be demolished.

Time is running out – if we are to have any chance of saving the planet from carbon pollution we must meet this new standard within the next five years.

MillionDollarBonus

Another great consideration. CO2 pollution has to stop! The world is literally DYING from an excess of dirty CO2!! The levels of CO2 we have now are unprecedented throughout history! This is an existential threat to the planet as we know it!

Sugarlock
Sugarlock

As a typical white man, I am usually oblivious to the suffering of Mother Earth’s other children. But my conscience is still haunted by a comment by Black Lives Matter in the recent Vegan article. He said:

“When I hug a tree, I often notice that if I listen closely enough, I can hear it crying. CO2 is poisonous to animals and humans, but ESPECIALLY to plants. The planet has a fever!!!”

jfb
jfb

Excellent article as usual Pbier. They could start the demolition of the Trump tower and replace it by something like this: http://cdn2.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/delftware.png

MillionDollarBonus

Trump Tower is so vulgar and ugly! Have you seen the inside of Trump’s top level apartment? It’s so overly lavish with gold and Italian architecture that it makes me want to vomit! Does he have no shame?

MillionDollarBonus

Excellent article pbier! Modern architecture, just like modern art, is the pinnacle of sophistication and class. Only bigots don’t get it. Happy human light everybody!

drb6
drb6

I was using Roman Salute as a multi-cultural greeting, until I was arrested in Germany for some unknown reason. I was just greeting a German policeman!

MillionDollarBonus

I only just got a chance to read your article properly pbier – it’s a masterpiece! Classical architecture, just like classical music, is a throwback to an ugly time in European history. Why doesn’t comtemporary European art include non-European cultures?? It’s unbelievably racist! There’s no such thing as a white country – white countries are multicultural! They need to include everyone!

Modern art has so much class and represents all the right things – diversity, inclusion, fairness, equality. Classical art is all about ‘standards’ and ‘beauty’. Yuck! Art needs to be decolonized – and that beautiful colorful building you show in the article is the result.

MillionDollarBonus

Yes – I’ve had that topic on my list for a long time, and I’ll write it soon if you don’t first. Modern art is one of the cornerstones of progressivism.

MillionDollarBonus

That’s very flattering. I’m also such an avid admirer of modern art that I’ll struggle to be objective about the matter, but I’ll do my best. Just like CNN and MSNBC, the Accredited Times prides itself on being objective and non-partisan.

trav777

Just write an empty article. Like the famous work in MOMA…it will SPEAK to progressives.

trav777

YES…to all I recommend visiting the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. There is the Statue of David. But that’s not what’s exciting. What excited me and stunned me with enrichment was an adjacent exhibit.

At first I thought that some electrical conduit cabling had fallen out of the celing onto the floor but get this- that WAS the exhibit! This so put Michaelangelo to shame that I stood there staring at this modern exhibit wondering to myself just wtf this was doing sharing the same space as David.

They even had blocks of concrete with footprints put in them!! Michaelangelo’s only saving grace was that he was gay.

TrueDat
TrueDat

Ijust created a modern master this morning that has progressive written all over it. Picture soft serve ice cream but dark brown, add some corn and there you have it.

I like the contemporary style concreate church. Looks like built by special ed stacking large concrete blocks. Maybe thats why you like it MDB cause u special.

TrueDat
TrueDat

Im all for mowing down those ugly mosques and putting in some modern buildings like a waste recycling center or used condom collection building or drug rehab.

Where do we begin?

#islamophobic

TrueDat
TrueDat

Mow this down

#body-shaming

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Jim
Jim

Copying Pbier and sharing pictures of disgusting vegan food is uncool. Find something original to share loser!

Black Lives Matter

The most important feature of a modern building is to have beautiful urban art spray-painted on it. Imagine the last building, for example. First, make it a mosque instead of a church. Second, spray-paint “Diablo MOFO CRIPz” on it in bright green and red flourescent paint. Now you have an urban masterpiece.

MillionDollarBonus

So true. Graffiti is modern urban artwork – words can’t describe the joy it brings to my heart to see buildings and railways covered in spray paint with such artistic and creative slogans.

Sugarlock
Sugarlock

This whole article was a real eye-opener for me. I had no idea about the secret cabal of white rapist architects!

trav777

Why don’t we have buildings featuring African architecture? This surely must be racism.

Why no mesoamerican architecture? Is some neonazi going to suggest that neither of these groups had any, nor the written word or even the wheel? To that I get triggered and cry “racist!”

I must admit that when I inadvertently enter the African sculpture areas set aside in western museums, I frequently mistake myself for having entered an exhibit of clay figures made by preschool children. And I feel properly enriched.

In addition, who cannot look at wooden canoe after wooden canoe followed by wooden fish hook after wooden fishhook followed by wooden fishing pole after wooden fishing pole from c. 1905 in the Native American Museum and not be totally awestruck? This is so much more advanced than what the awful white man was doing at Kitty Hawk around the same time as shown in the museum across the street.

Sugarlock
Sugarlock

Mr. Trav: Please explain your paragraph that begins: “I must admit …” The comment appears to be insincere. Satire and other joking are strictly prohibited on this site. What “must you admit”? That the sculptures made by adult Africans are no better than child’s play? Then you are sharing that opinion on the wrong web site. How do you become “enriched” those sculptures which you had thought were childish a short time before? And why do you inadvertently enter the African areas? Shouldn’t a progressive deliberately enter the African exhibit?

TrueDat
TrueDat

I think you guys are finally getting thru to me. I suddenly realize that we really need buildings that do not convey any aspects of beauty. If our buildings are anything but ugly then it may have the effect of instituting idol worship. Im all for ugle drab utilitarian buildings, especially in low income, minority, and/or muslim neighborhoods.

Black Lives Matter

That’s the spirit. As-salāmu ʿalaykum.

TrueDat
TrueDat

Speaking of who is responsible for global warming, OPEC (mainly arab muslims) are responsible for a majority of climate change with all the oil they are dumping on the world.

If they would take responsibility and stop producing hydrocarbons the climate change could be solved right then. The UN and other accredited nations must take action and sanction the arab nations to stop climate change.

TrueDat
TrueDat

Merry christmas

#islamophobic

#hate-speech

jfb
jfb

Hate speech!

vdv
vdv

I see one of the buildings in your photos is not yet complete, there is a construction crane still working on it.

Here’s a modern building with all the finishing touches. Carbon negative or positive, not sure. Whatever the standards, this building is fully compliant.

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