Message - Re: Avant-Garde reborn?

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Posted by  Manuel Oliveros on November 11, 2002 at 10:28:27:

In Reply to:  Avant-Garde reborn? posted by Slingshot on November 09, 2002 at 04:01:28:

Humans face the challenge of overpopulation. Giving people homes is a challenge of itself, then now think what is to give them GOOD homes and cities.

The mindset has much to do, but I frankly see slow improvement ahead if there's not impressive transfer of technologies to building construction. This I see unlikely to happen except thrugh the disgusts of revolution, because the marginal advance in technologies is what allows the standing powers to remain so, and for now I am not seeing them in altruist mood but very well in the contrary. Here would be Darwin who will apply (preservation of own seed), christian or communist sharing seems to be less in fashion.

So what is likely to be promoted as brilliant architecture is not likely to be one that achieves outstanding improvements in the lives of the many, but those enjoying approval of the commissioners and at the same time being not hated by the commoners.

Architecture is more an expression of society than its propeller. The winds of change but forcedly can be seen coming from architecture. One would tend to think contrarily that it tends to be a conservative art, for being expensive, those commissioning it have enforced conservative policies for it in order to preserve the wealth.

So I frankly can't see an architecture promoting happiness but in a world self aware enough as to understand how the proper relationships between humans, the environment and other species are. Whilst, aggression to the environment and weaker social elements are likely to stand. Contrarily the happy world being promoted has more to do with the Huxleyan or Orwellian descriptions than with this. People is fed through the mass media with official thinking to the attrition of any thinking mind, and the prize of a young worker is to attend mind numbing spectacles or drugs.

So this is the challenge, either we enforce the ways of general maximum awareness and individual empowerment or we succumb in slavery to the design of masters of overdue mindsets not thinking but in their personal interests.

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