The Dehumanization of Architecture

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Modern buildings do not easily harmonize with other buildings, regardless of whether the latter are also modern. This often-observed fact has not received a satisfactory explanation. To improve on existing explanations, this article generalizes one of Ortega y Gasset’s observations concerning modern fine art and then develops a metaphysics of styles that is inspired by work in the philosophy of biology. The resulting explanation is that modern architecture is incapable of developing patterns that facilitate harmonizing because such patterns would humanize buildings, and modern architecture is a homeostatic property cluster with a dehumanizing motive at its core.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-28
JournalJournal of Aesthetic Education
Issue number4
Early online date3 Nov 2022
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


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