Fascinating comments on modern architecture compiled by Scott Alexander. My view: while handmade custom adornments and details are costlier now, mass-produced machine-made ones are cheaper, so the ugliness draining our souls is ideological, not economic.

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In particular the economic explanation doesn't answer the question of why rich people don't all furnish their rooms and design their buildings in adornment-rich traditional styles, but the ideological/philosophical explanation does.

Image is "The Way of Silence" by František Kupka (1903).

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