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Date: Tue, 9 Sep 1997 23:45:51 +0000
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From: Philip Myrick
Subject: Re: MARIO BOTTA DECLARES DEFEAT OF POSTMODERNISM (2/2)
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Mr. Egenter:

I have forwarded your challenge to the Congress on the New Urbanism listserve, where it should provide conversation fodder for weeks to come. Thank you for articulating what so many of us must feel.

Phil Myrick
Project for Public Spaces, Inc.

At 09:22 PM 9/9/97 +0000, you wrote:

>ARCHITECTURAL WARS
>
>Many an architectural 'laic' may be fascinated with this type of
>gigantomanic heroism expressed in architectural visions. And, it is true,
>the modern architectural office, with its drawing boards and models as a
>nerve centre of outer building processes has  much in common with a
>commander's table of great wars in process: outside the armies, air,
>ground, sea, roaring with their gigantic machines; they all move according
>to the figures set on the strategic plans in the strategic nerve centre.
>Have you never seen them, their territories in YOUR city? Gigantic
>destruction. Gigantic construction. The architectural office is doubtless
>apt to suggest such virtualities. Whole new worlds are built on a drawing
>board (or in CAD today)! Model-making! Whole mega cities are wiped out on a
>drawing board! No people, no human lives, no blood! Just models. The
>model-concept occupies their brains. All the rest is just accessory.
>
>etc., etc.


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