random thoughts on architecture history theory and criticism

technology as collective dream

Walter Benjamin, [Iron Construction], Convolute F, The Arcades Project. Trans. Howard Eiland and Kevin McLaughlin. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press, 1999, 152.

at the start of the 20th century, benjamin writes on the 19th century struggle to understand iron as construction technology. roughly 100 years later, reading him made me think about the mistakes and failures we make in applying contemporary technology. are we trying to force new technologies into older formats? are we disguising old dreams under the mask of utopia? what are our awkward struggles and dead-end roads, and how do they inform our collective dreams?

what lies are we telling ourselves? and what can we learn from them?


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