Labour Party and Architecture: A Revolutionary Approach

Malcolm Millais, an LI member who lives near Porto in Portugal, puts forward some radical suggestions for Party policy on architecture and urban design.

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commented 2018-02-25 19:33:10 +0000
No, saying modern architecture is bad is NOT the same as saying Chinese mountains are bad, anymore than saying Roger Federer is a good tennis player is NOT the same as saying Chinese mountains are good.

What is considered modern is clearly stated, and widely accepted as following the idea of modernism which, as also stated, is ‘a self-conscious break with the past and a search for new forms of expression.’

If Alfred Gliddon is unable to discover the shortcomings of modern architecture for himself, then I suggest he reads the books on the reading list written by Brolin and Blake; incidentally both architects.

No, Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation in Marseilles was NOT built as social housing, but was seen by Le Corbusier as a type of building that would provide a universal solution to the housing of everybody. The French government was never clear as to who was to be housed in the Unité, and Le Corbusier wanted ‘a social group which is fit to live in the Unité.’ As soon as it was completed it was turned into a private condominium, and is now occupied by those who are ‘appreciative of its intentions,’ as Professor Gans puts it. And by the way, the hotel was part of the original design.
commented 2018-02-19 21:15:51 +0000
Very simplistic. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but there is nothing substantial here to support the author’s views.
In every period of history there have been good buildings and bad buildings, good architects and bad architects, good politicians and bad politicians, good ideas and bad ideas.
Saying “modern architecture” is bad, is like saying “French food” is bad, or Czech cars" are bad, or “Chinese mountains” are bad. And what do you consider is “modern”? The style, the date, the materials, the planning, the context?
Apropos of nothing, and not taking sides; le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation in Marseilles, designed and built originally as social housing, is now a much-sought after address, much-loved by it’s inhabitants. There is now so much interest that part of it is now a hotel for visitors.
commented 2018-02-19 19:21:45 +0000
I entirely agree with Malcolm. The whole issue is crying out for political intervention on behalf of the general public who have to live for a long with whatever is built, be it individual buildings or large housing developments. The existing planning system is not working.
commented 2018-02-01 12:11:59 +0000
Brilliant article. This is what happens when the people who are expected to live, work and relax in buildings have no say in their design.
Pat Byrne

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