The website for INTBAU, the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture, & Urbanism, (patroned by none other that his Royal Highness The Prince of Wales) posts an new essay, written by Charles Siegel. Siegel is the Director of the Berkeley-based Preservation Institute, and it shows. In this essay he praises New Urbanism, rejects the avant garde, and predicts a “post-human” future brought about by the union of high technology and architecture. Overall, a fun read for Friday.
“In architecture, also, we need to reject the avant garde’s pursuit of novelty and its belief that new technology should sweep away the past, in favor of design based on enduring human values…Different cultures will use different forms of traditional ornamentation to symbolise these enduring values, but in the West, only the classical style can symbolise a revival of the human values that were disrupted by the industrial revolution.”