I’ve been following Ann Sussman, author of “Cognitive Architecture” for a while. She talks about how the PTSD from World War 1 affected the brains of the early Modernist architects and how their architecture and their followers, which is now the mainstream, disconnects people from place and makes communication very difficult.
We recently did a podcast with her and she started to talk about how advances in military technology and engineering were instrumental in Modernism’s onslaught against good urbanism.
Turns out many of the things we encounter on a daily basis have a military origin and that, in my opinion, has shaped our built environment and in turn has shaped the way we see ourselves and interact with others.
I’m writing about that next for Proud Places. Do you have any thoughts on that matter or any ideas you’d like to share?