The Architect As Totalitarian

One species of Dalrymple essay that his fans most enjoy is the commonsensical takedown of seemingly obvious, yet inexplicably ignored targets. The new City Journal offers up a classic of the genre, in which Dalrymple calls the exalted Le Corbusier an “ahuman” architect whose “soulless” work “does not belong so much to the history of architecture as to that of totalitarianism”.

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