A critical survey of the modern architect's role from the standpoint of cultural history

By Nold Egenter

Anthropologists should increasingly become aware of the environmental and cultural problems created by architecture and urbanism today (Istanbul II). Architecture is in a permanent theoretical crisis. It is a professional domain which needs theoretical help. It produces gigantic in situ experiments, which develop into failures. Some highly awarded (!) architecture had to be dynamited after it had turned into a dangerous slum (Pruitt-Igoe), only twenty years after construction! Architecture, a throw-away product? Building cities just for one or two generations? A gigantic waist! Even Mario Botta, the famous star architect said it recently: Postmodern architecture is a new type of pollution, a new garbage-problem for future generations! Anthropologists might be amazed about the vacuum of cultural consciousness in architectural theories.

The following text gives a critical review of how the role of the architect in modern society is supported and the impacts of this theoretical dilettantism on our built environment.

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