Posted by Peter Baco t on December 10, 2003 at 09:48:40:
In Reply to: Modernism & Repression posted by Stefan Trebicki on December 08, 2003 at 16:05:26:
Buildings can indeed be oppressive whether or no this is a tool.
Look into public housing in any country of that period. The resultant failure in the US was a result of oppressive thinking. It is not direct but goes something like: "the poor (the Polish) don't need aesthetics or environmental design, they need boxes to live in and efficiently get to the faactories (or the welfare office). Security is stressed in block high rise buildings (though the result was poor security) and denuded no-place landscapes--easier to strafe."
I can point to buildings in college campuses today that may not be modernist, perhaps post-modern but show oppressive/repressive tendencies by simple lack of volition (supposively) to consider the community that uses the building, concieved as an isolated sculpture. Entrances that look like loading docks (or gates to hell), dehumanizing slits (gun ports) for windows, fascist-style towers etc.
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