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.


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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