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Oct
09

architecture’s limits as an agent for social healing

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/25/weekinreview/25ouroussoff.html?ref=design

Check out this NY Times article regarding the role of museums and cultural centers in reviving or destroying the American City.

“For years critics have railed against these cultural complexes as pointlessly grandiose expressions of vanity — a poisonous brew of architectural egotism and excessive wealth that was destroying America’s urban centers. Why all the fancy forms, they argued? Wouldn’t the money be better spent on something more valuable, like schoolbooks?”

“The problem with freedom, after all, is that it allows for horrifying imaginative failures as well as works of stunning genius. When artists fail, you can ignore their work. When architects fail, you walk by their buildings every morning on your way for coffee shaking your fist.”

Do you agree?

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