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160. Restoring Traditional Architecture – Zach the Architect Interview

The art of architecture has been corrupted. It is no longer aiming at beauty, but either purely utility or novelty. Instead of aspiring to lift up people’s hearts and minds to beauty, ugliness that adheres to leftist ideology is put forth as architecture. So, I talked with an architect about the problems he sees with the art and the industry – as well as some solutions to the problems he sees.

Several Problems with the State of Architecture:

  • Architecture schools are ideologically possessed
  • Modernism encourages novelty over beauty
  • Traditionalism is scoffed at or ignored
  • Architects in the professional world are beholden to their clients
  • Traditional buildings are expensive to build

“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.”

Frank Lloyd Wright

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The goal of the architect should be to combine beauty and functionality. However, that’s not what we find. What we often get instead is insolent designs, many of which serve no other purpose than inflating the architect’s ego. So, we need people to step up and push for beautiful architecture again. Then, we might actually see a change.

Buildings like Penn Station attract our protective instincts not only because of their beauty but because we fear what will come to replace them.

-Roger Scruton

Examples of Traditional Architecture:

What Solutions Are Available?

Well, the fact is that solutions will require a lot of energy and determination to bear fruit. With dedicated and talented people, things can change. Here are a few things Zach and I discussed. There are surely more potential solutions, but I figured it would be good to offer these for your consideration.

Firstly, we can promote traditional schools of architecture like Notre Dame’s. Secondly, professional architects should educate the next generation in the traditional way. This is easy to do with cheap online courses. I believe there are solutions, but I also don’t have all the answers. If you listen to the episode and have your own solutions, let me know.

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190. Saving the Family From our Culture – Scott Yenor Interview Conversation of Our Generation

The family is under attack in our culture today, with many ideologies attempting to undermine it. So, what can be one to push back? Last month, I reviewed a book that focused on saving the family from our culture. Dr. Scott Yenor joined me for an interview about his new book: The Recovery of Family Life. Tune in to learn more about what we need to do to save the family and halt the attack our culture is waging on it. The Rolling Revolution In his book, Yenor identifies a revolution that has been bubbling up for over a century in our culture. It combines liberal premises with other ideologies to create a never-ending revolution. Below, you'll find how it's described on the Yenor Book website: The Sexual Revolution, underway for decades now, is a rolling revolution—a set of unfinishable ambitions, all affecting marriage and family life. The ideologies of feminists, contemporary liberals, and sexual liberation theorists form a "rolling revolution" that has sunk deeply into our culture and political regime. As a result, marriage and family life suffer. Saving the Family From Our Culture For me, I was happy to see a book that offered not just a discussion of the problem, but insight into how to solve it. In The Recovery of Family Life, Dr. Yenor proposes things like encouraging part time work for women and facilitating it through good policy. Furthermore, it's important to recognize how "retail feminists" sell policies that have broader effects and oppose those policies. Policies like contraception, subsidized daycare, and pushing women into the workplace all serve to undermine the family. No matter what they may say about it, that is the end goal. But, in this interview he offers those solutions for saving the family from our culture. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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