Little love for Lasdun

Screen Shot 2013-05-08 at 02.27.06

Denys Lasdun: apartments

Dalrymple does not have much time for Denys Lasdun (1914-2001):

I doubt whether a worse architect…has ever lived. To design uglier buildings than his would be a stimulant to the imagination worthy of a prize competition.

Lasdun loved concrete, and

Screen Shot 2013-05-08 at 02.25.10

Denys Lasdun: theatre

Screen Shot 2013-05-08 at 02.25.57

Denys Lasdun: college

his designs were as dehumanising as any dictator’s decree….Dehumanising cities with hideous concrete buildings is bad. One suspects a generalised or epidemic spiritual sickness….Architects of Lasdun’s times mistook destruction for creation….Bad buildings are…noxious…but inescapable. An author has a right to his badness, but not an architect.

Dalrymple suspects that those who claim to like Lasdun apply

Screen Shot 2013-05-08 at 02.24.47

Denys Lasdun: offices

extra-aesthetic considerations, such as that they were at the cutting edge in the way Lister was at the cutting edge of the surgery of his time. They indulge also in an architectural variant of Macbeth’s logic: that past architectural crimes are so heinous one has to continue them or admit them.

Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: