architecture that burns

After the collapse of Bear Stearns and the desperate bailout by JP Morgan and the Federal Reserve Board, it seems like the media is finally waking up to the mass collapse of the American housing market. See this video on people burning their homes or this one on tent cities springing up in Los Angeles to house the newly dispossesed. If, in the 1960s, architecture was damaged by the alliance of modernism with a failing business culture, what will it mean to the discipline when architecture is at the very core of a failed economy? What will does it mean that architecture’s overindulgence in lifestyle culture has proven, quite literally, bankrupt? 

 

After the collapse of Bear Stearns and the desperate bailout by JP Morgan and the Federal Reserve Board, it seems like the media is finally waking up to the mass collapse of the American housing market. See this video on people burning their homes or this one on tent cities springing up in Los Angeles to house the newly dispossesed. If, in the 1960s, architecture was damaged by the alliance of modernism with a failing business culture, what will it mean to the discipline when architecture is at the very core of a failed economy? What will does it mean that architecture’s overindulgence in lifestyle culture has proven, quite literally, bankrupt? 

 

2 thoughts on “architecture that burns

  1. I keep waiting for all the
    I keep waiting for all the spec condos to go up in flames. (Chelsea is burning?) I am wondering if the recent spate of job site disasters is not in some part related to cost savings, now that people aren’t buying up the apts at a rabid pace.

    1. And speed …

      And speed…

      Everyone’s trying to get done and out of the game as soon as possible.

       

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