both/and

Via ArchNewsNow – fantastic piece on housing over Metropolis magazine:

Forget the rampant aestheticism and architectural blinders of the twentieth century. We live in a pluralistic age, and it demands a new pragmatism. We are beyond “either/or”–we live in a world of “both/and.” The issues are quality, habitability, and sustainability, not style du jour. The issue is real urbanism, not some polite, politically palatable “lite” version thereof. I’ll take good New Urbanism, just like I’ll take good Modernism. But it’s not about the starchitects and their ideologies anymore. Can’t the catfighting parties on the different ends of the aesthetic spectrum just grow up and get along?

See also: The Way Forward at That Brutal Joint

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