We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
OK, that was a bit long for me after a full day's work. I got the point about 1/3 of the way in. Appropriate that an article criticizing minimalism would ramble on so. Though in general I do agree with most of what I read.
What leads me to comment was that this article reminded me of a trip to the Guggenheim in NYC several years ago where they were having an exhibit of "50 years of Italian Minimalism". About 2/3 of the way down the spiral I came to a piece that consisted of about 35 of what looked like tuna cans. The title of the piece was something like "35 Cans of The Artist's Shit". That's when it hit me...The problem with minimalists is that there's just too damn many of them.
When the riots in the suburbs of Paris were in the news more than they are now, I read that the great French architect and "urbanist" Le Corbusier had designed many of the apartment buildings where Muslim immigrant families were living in accordance with anti-capitalist principles. One of his objectives was reportedly to create a comfortable, spare, efficient living environment which would reduce a sense of memory or history, and which would also discourage interpersonal connections.
This style of architecture reportedly helped lead to a generation of angry, rootless young people from immigrant families who adopted the worst aspects of both Muslim and liberal European society.
The author sounds like he has been in a cave...& just wants to
stay in his own head.
"If you notice, for all out great technology, engineering, &
scientific prowess these days, architectural development
among humanity has literally died."
Keep a finger to the pulse. Look online, publications, etc. Talk to the leading Architects. They are an enthusiastic lot. It is a
very exciting time to be creating now... Technological develop-ments are only going to ramp-up & allow even more
Sacred principles aren't lost- where would they go?