Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Nathan Glazer is right

Writing in his poignant book From a Cause to a Style, the eminent Harvard sociologist Nathan Glazer sums up our architectural predicament with sobriety:
"We can preserve the buildings of the past. We can't build them again. The language of the past can be admired and studied; its loss can be, and is, regretted; but too much has changed for it to serve us today. We are suspended between a language that cannot be used and a language - the language of modernism - that is unsatisfying for major public [and, I insert, religious] purposes, but for which we have no replacement."
But there is hope:
"It think the first steps toward a more satisfactory language have been taken. We have developed a proper respect for the achievements in public building of the past..."
And so, let's start a blog devoted to appreciating the great, and at this point unrepeatable achievements of North American church architecture. Oh wait, we already did.

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