ruminations about architecture and design

Thursday, July 17, 2014

the end of monumentality

I doubt that anyone will be planning monuments to the Global War on Terror anytime soon. The nature of that conflict, still ongoing--possibly never ending--doesn't lend itself to architectural gestures. The culture of commemoration is strong in human society, but the face of modern warfare seems to be obscure. Instead of Gettysburg we have IED's and nameless hills in Afghanistan. The legacy of the struggle is broken bodies and wealthy military contractors.

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