Monday, August 17, 2015
Towers of ilium is perplexed, and for once, somewhat lacking in an opinion on the issue of Eileen Gray. Perhaps she was brilliant.
We can't jump to conclusions about one particular work. There's no opportunity to listen in on the conversations or peek into the trashbin for the sheets of trace paper that didn't express the right set of ideas.
One things seems to be clear: the Modernists were anti-Urban. They hated cities. They hated the fact that cities were fundamentally beyond control. The intent was to turn the city into a set of disciplined landscapes that would be discrete enough to make the glorious buildings look as good as the renderings. The danger has not yet passed.