‘Were tower blocks an attempt to try and socially engineer society?’

July 14, 2017

SOCIAL ENGINEERING: Were tower blocks like this one in East Dorset and others across the UK have their origins from a totalitarian mindset?

 

EMPTY SHELL: The philosopher and writer Sir Roger Scruton says of a modern building he is standing outside in his film: “This building is boarded up because nobody has a use for it. Nobody has a use for it because nobody wants to be in it. No one wants to be in it because it is so damned ugly. Everything has been vandalised. We shouldn’t blame the vandals. This building was built by vandals and those who added the graffiti merely finished the job.”

CONCRETE SHELVES: Prince Charles describes the tower blocks of London and Birmingham as people being placed above one another in skyscraper blocks competing for attention on the skyline.

AUSTERE VISION: The architect Le Corbusier, also known as Charles-Eduoard Jeanneret-Gris, made a big push for tower blocks on the edge of cities after the Second World War and said “we must create a mass-production state of mind”.

LIMITED AMBITION: “Tower blocks are Ceacescu-style mass housing that serves to desecrate the landscape and people’s aspirations. We’ve been indoctrinated into believing that vulgar is cool.” – Paul Joseph Watson of Prison Planet,

 

DO modern tower blocks and other trendy architecture have the capacity to captivate or depress the human spirit?

The inferno that engulfed the tragic Grenfell Tower showed how most of the victims were either recent immigrants to the UK or low-income families and critics argue that such buildings are “monoliths” and represent the legacy of our contribution to human history.

More people wanted to live in houses than tower blocks post-war

There are opinion surveys going back to the 1940s which asked what type of properties people wanted to live in, 80 per cent said housing and two to three per cent put their thumbs up for tower blocks.

In a piece of work put together by Paul Joseph Watson of alternative media outlet Prison Planet say: “The buildings we build directly impact our quality of life and the nature of the environment that surrounds us.”

Why did Le Corbusier push for tower blocks?

He claims architects post Second World War led a revolutionary-style campaign to replace early traditional building styles believing them to be representing “colonialism, racism, slavery and exploitation” yet modern architecture is “totalitarian”.

The Swiss architect Le Corbusier, also known as Charles-Eduoard Jeanneret-Gris, pushed for tower blocks on the edges of towns and cities and said “we must create a mass-production state of mind”.

“To produce a utopian new society which would in a sense be architectural social engineering.”

‘A building has a purpose, not just looks’ – Roger Scruton

Speaking on a clip on this You Tube clip, the philosopher and writer Sir Roger Scruton, makes some caustic observations next an abandoned modern building that has been daubed with graffiti.

“Stop thinking about how a building looks and think instead about what it does. Sullivan’s doctrine has been used to justify the greatest crime against beauty that the world has yet to see and that is the crime of modern architecture and the result proves as clearly as can be is that if you consider only using utilities the things you build will soon be useless.

“This building is boarded up because nobody has a use for it. Nobody has a use for it because nobody wants to be in it.

“No one wants to be in it because it is so damned ugly. Everything has been vandalised. We shouldn’t blame the vandals.

“This building was built by vandals and those who added the graffiti merely finished the job.”

‘Tower blocks wreck London’s skyline’ – Prince Charles

Prince Charles made these observations about the tower blocks of London and Birmingham, as well as England’s second biggest city’s road system.

“What was re-built after the war has succeeded in wrecking London’s skyline and obliterating the view of St Paul’s Cathedral in a jostling, scrum of skyscrapers all competing for attention.

“Look at Birmingham – Birmingham city centre became a monstrous, concrete maize that only cars could find their way through, people didn’t stand a chance. Cars were placed above people and people were placed one above other on concrete shelves.”

‘Modern planning crushes community spirit’ – Paul Joseph Watson

‘Watson added: “Cities like London and Birmingham have been irreparably damaged by Le Corbusier-inspired brutalist tower blocks that attract nothing but crime and degradation. Ceacescu-style mass housing that serves to desecrate the landscape and people’s aspirations.

“We’ve been indoctrinated into believing that vulgar is cool. In smaller cities and suburbs, instead of mixed-use environments everything is segregated.

“The tyranny of planning has created austere pockets of hopelessness, separated by vast soulless highways. This mechanically crushes any prospect of community or municipal dignity.”

 

 

 

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DSCW page follower July 23, 2017 at 7:05 pm

Nobody likes tower blocks but how do we house an ever increasing population without building upwards because nobody wants to loose green space either.

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