"The arms race for cultural dominion has reached new levels of absurdity" - architecture and design

"The arms race for cultural dominion has reached new levels of absurdity"



The decision to build the London Centre for Music less than 300 metres away from an existing concert hall is the latest unnecessary example of global high-culture one-upmanship, says Phineas Harper.

It has been 60 years since Welsh theorist and critic Raymond Williams wrote that "culture is ordinary". Williams, who had grown up in foothills of the Black Mountains, argued against the divisive class-based idea championed by the poet TS Eliot and others that there is high culture, enjoyed by the educated elite, and low culture for the rest.
"An interest in learning or the arts" Williams wrote, "is simple, pleasant and natural".
Williams' arguments were influential, helping to dismantle snobbery in the arts and open up a sustained period of opportunities and appreciation for a far wider pool of culture-makers of all stripes. Yet take a look at the plans for London's new 15-storey concert hall proposed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) and other glitzy palaces for the performance of classical music around Europe, and it is as if we have stepped back into divided culture wars of the 1950s that Williams railed against. The DS+R design is a towering pyramid with a huge new orchestral auditorium at its base and another venue at its apex. Requiring the demolition of the former Museum of London and a 21-storey office tower, the building resembles a reconfigured version of DS+R's 2016 Columbia University medical centre with a complex route of ascending s...
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Modular sleeping pods provide temporary accommodation for homeless people

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Yves Béhar designs Samsung television as a framed work of art

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Frida Escobedo's Casa Negra inspired by the camera obscura | Dezeen | Architecture

Frida Escobedo talks about one of her first residential projects, Casa Negra, in the third instalment of a series of short movies about the Mexican architect.  In an exclusive interview, Escobedo tells Dezeen that a house she designed for an...
27-03-2019 21:57 - ( architecture TV )
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Supertall bullet-shaped skyscraper completes in Shenzhen

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29-01-2019 21:54 - ( architecture TV )


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Imogen Heap on her Mi.Mu music-making gloves

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Watch MIT's modular mini cheetah robot land a backflip

Our new captioned movie shows MIT\'s "virtually indestructible" mini cheetah robot performing a host of athletic manoeuvres, including stretching, running and jumping. The nimble quadruped can navigate uneven terrains at up to 5 mph and can...
26-03-2019 21:55 - ( architecture TV )
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Space10 envisions future of self-driving cars as a fleet of mobile amenities

IKEA\'s innovation lab, Space10, has designed seven autonomous vehicle concepts, including a moving cafe and a farm on wheels, to envision how self-driving cars could impact our everyday life once they become ubiquitous. Space10 worked with...
26-01-2019 21:54 - ( architecture TV )
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