Four Arguments for the Elimination of Architecture

Sanford Kwinter

Published in "Requiem for the City at the End of the Millenium", 2010.

Requiem_Ryunyong Hotel Tower

Ryugyong Hotel (105-floor shell reactivated 16 years after going into dormancy), Pyongyang, North Korea, Unknown 2001

The present appears to be a golden moment for architecture. Public attention to, and general lust for, design is at an all-time high; everyone is doing brilliant and fresh work; architects are increasingly respected and sought out for their ideas on social developments, history, and the city; and it seems that we have all overcome our objections to capitalism. Despite some of these ironies, such developments are in themselves no bad thing.

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