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#124: What the Bleep Happened to Architecture?—Dr. E. Michael Jones

#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

 

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  1. As an architect, listening to this show proved the point it was trying to make – It depressed the heck out of me. I felt the need to go sit in front of the Blessed Sacrament to rid myself of the darkness. I typically feel the same way upon entering a building that appears to be a “descendant” of Bauhaus. No wonder “alcoholism is a natural result of Bauhaus”!

    In my practice, I find that most folks – no matter how modernist – always pine for beautiful architecture. They don’t realize it, but they long for the transcendant. It’s amazing how my clients react to a Craftsman home or Spanish Colonial for example, versus one made of shipping containers. A Craftsman or Spanish Colonial feel more like “home”, so it brings them peace. A shipping container home on the other hand, makes people anxious.

    I have made it my mission to only create truly beautiful homes or homes that have “claritas, consonantia and integritas”.

    Thanks very much for this show and I plan to support you!

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