"I think Brasilia is emblematic. The last fifty years in architecture have witnessed the death of the future. Like the Baroque or the high Renaissance, the Modern movement lived and died, and it left behind its masterpieces which survive. But the doctrines don’t inspire us so much anymore."
Robert Hughes, The Shock of the New, episode 4, from 56m 18s.
What impresses me here (and throughout the whole of that episode) is how Hughes can combine an appreciation for the masterpieces of modernist architecture (such as the Villa Savoye or the Seagram Building, by which people “are always going to be moved and delighted”) with an intense distaste for modernism as an ideology: the attempt to use architecture to reengineer the human spirit. I think that reconciles two conflicting tendencies in my own attitudes; more generally, it demonstrates the distinction between conservatism and reaction.(via johnthelutheran)