Posted by Richard Haut on September 23, 2002 at 11:23:25:
In Reply to: Re: the extinction of the nuclear family of the 50's -the disappearance of the front porch - technology what is happening? posted by Paul Malo on September 23, 2002 at 10:20:13:
"the trend for commercial culture to prey on people's needs"
that is the root of the problem. Competitive commercialism has in some areas gone beyond the competitive to the predatory.
a significant amount of London's housing stock is atrocious - having a high price or an over-priced kitchen does not actually make it any better. High-priced rubbish remains rubbish.
in some areas this has resulted in a polarisation of views into "preserve everything" or "renew everything". Both are of course nonsense.
the Mr.Whippy/Mr.Blobby architecture is a sign of architects backing off from a problem that is theirs to deal with - even the most modern and independent building cannot successfully ignore its surroundings just as the most respectful restoration cannot ignore that times change. The harmonising is an essential part of architecture.
commercial organisations and commercial wants are treated as if they exist as something in their own right, as "beings". They are not.
Britain's tax authority, the Inland Revenue, has just handed over its large property portfolio to an "offshore" organisation (i.e. one that exists to escape tax). The organisation made itself a shadow of a shadow by "mistake" - of course it is just individuals (who are now being carefully looked at by the National Audit Office).
my experience of the creatures who hide behind and do nasty things through these commercial "fronts" are, rather like some of the Enron executives proved to be, rather vapid and timid individuals.
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