Architecture and Utopia, Design and Capitalist Development, Part 01

For polemical reasons architecture exalted everything that could assume an anti-European significance. Piranesi’s fragmentation is the consequence of the discovery of that new bourgeois science, historical criticism, but it is also, paradoxically, criticism of criticism.…In order to integrate rationalism and criticism, the Europeans confronted their myths with all that which could, by contesting them, confirm their validity (supposedly)…By means of an architecture that had already renounced the formation of “objects” to become a technique of organization of preformed materials, they asked for an authentication from outside architecture. With all the detachment typical of the Enlightenment, those architects initiated a systematic and fatal autopsy of architecture and all its conventions.

Manfredo Tafuri, Architecture and Utopia, Design and Capitalist Development, p. 10-11

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