The Easel

Archives: Witold Rybczynski

9th July 2024

The Next New Thing

Debate amongst architects about cutting edge design versus tradition rumbles on. Some blame Le Corbusier for his uncritical advocacy of what is modern. Ignoring the past, though, means lots of “fresh starts”, some of which fail because they repeat past mistakes. Old is loved, often because it is beautiful, and it works. Suggests the writer, why not design buildings as a blend – for example, minimalist designs built using traditional materials. Depending on your viewpoint, that’s diplomatic or sitting on the fence.