Architecture is one of the delights in my life. It lightens my daily commute, gives focus to my travels, can challenge the status quo and provides unexpected joys in unlikely places. It’s not just me; architecture matters, or maybe it’s the built environment, rather than the art. It is no exaggeration to say that I can feel the loss of architecture more keenly than the loss of a famous person I don’t know. I find myself saddened more by the footage of Notre Dame in flames, than I do by an obituary, just as I did after fire ripped through the Glasgow School of Art. I note the comments on t’other thread asking which would be the buildings that we would value in the same way as the French do N.D. As for those vandals who ripped through the Firestone Building in 1980, if I had my way, they would be punished as if it were a violent crime against the person.
Of course, those waging war know this – think the Baedeker raids and their reciprocal visitations on Exeter and Coventry among others. The Taliban destroyed the Baliem buddhas. It’s hard for me to comprehend that the antiquities I saw in Palmyra, Syria are now destroyed.
I think to me it feels more like an extinction than a death, something yet more irretrievable. Does this ring true to anyone else?