This took the beautiful and erudite Mr. Meades less than 30 seconds to narrate in his latest program “The Joy of Essex:”
Rectilinear rigour, white render, copious glass. These were the “trinity” of architectural progress and supposedly of moral progress, in the earlier twentieth century. The proposition that our surroundings can improve us, is of course unprovable. It’s a matter of faith – no more or less. However better surely to try, even if humankind, more responsive to the stick, shows itself to be eternally grateful to carrot-wielding architects, full of good intentions. And even if buildings have no beneficial behavioural effects, it is surely preferable that they are made with passionate intelligence, craft and an eye for beauty, rather than with clumsy illiteracy and a fawning accessibility – accessibility means nothing more than being comprehensible to morons.
As I said, beautiful and erudite.