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The above article is in response to the recent debate played out between the published opinion of co/authors Steven Bingler and Martin Pedersen found here, and that of Aaron Betsky found here (within the New York Times and Architect magazine respectively).
Some thoughts on modernist and traditionalist architecture from fellow Tradarch Listserv author, Michael Rouchell
The current state of architecture is in decline, and has been for the last 75 years or so. It is the result of a collective decision by architecture schools to abandon the teaching of classical architecture in lieu of the new modernism, despite the fact that the early modernist masters, Mies Van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Adolph Loos, Frank Lloyd Wright, and others were all trained as classical architecture before their pursuit of abstract architecture. I can’t fault the design exploration of these early architects, but the decision to abandon all prior wisdom and knowledge was a poor one. The thinking of the time was that this new architecture was so extraordinary that there would never be any need of a historical style revival from then until perpetuity, and therefore no need to continue teaching classical architecture in the schools. They could have looked at a timeline of the past…
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