124: What the Bleep Happened to Architecture?—Dr. E. Michael Jones
Socrates said that the order of the city was the order of the soul writ large. That observation is all the more true today—and not a compliment to the modern soul or the modern city. Most people simply don’t advert to the quiet influence the surrounding architecture has on their psyche: the shape and scale of buildings, the order and proportion (or lack thereof). The father of modern Bauhaus architecture is the German Walter Gropius, a promiscuous cad who married a promiscuous shrew named Anna Mahler, wife of composer Gustav Mahler. Dr. E. Michael Jones, editor of Culture Wars magazine says that Gropius painted into his architectural vision a radically new kind of building and with it, a revolution in urban planning.
In this episode you will learn
- The subtle (?) ways in which the architecture that surrounds us tells us who we are and what our life’s priorities ought to be
- How Gropius’s rationalization of his own degeneracy got transmuted into buildings built purely for function, and ugly as sin besides
- Why rebellion against Logos leads to disorder and chaos in the external design of things
- What public housing Projects in Chicago, suburban Moscow, and industrial Poland have in common
- Why classical architecture as nurtured by Catholic principles and sound philosophy can lead the way to beautify both home and church design
Resources mentioned in this episode
- Living Machines: Architecture and the Rationalization of Sexual Misbehavior by E. Michael Jones
- Moderns: Modernity as Rationalized Sexual Misbehavior by E. Michael Jones
- Dionysos Rising: The Birth of Cultural Revolution Out of the Spirit of Music by E. Michael Jones
- The Slaughter of Cities: Urban Renewal As Ethnic Cleansing by E. Michael Jones
- Home Alone: A Neighbor’s Thoughts on Pete Buttigieg by E. Michael Jones
- From Bauhaus to Our House by Tom Wolfe
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How you noticed how so many modern buildings either ugly as sin or bland as beige?
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