Tailoring our Criteria of Beauty

“Either we build industrial structures in such a way that they fit into received categories of beauty, or else we refashion those categories so that they fit the railway station and the factory. Broadly speaking, the first answer — making utilitarian structures fit traditional aesthetics — was tried by the Victorians and the Edwardians. The second — tailoring our criteria of beauty to suit the imperatives of technology — was the solution set out by the Modern Movement. Propriety and association were the watchwords of the first method; structural objectivity was the yardstick of the second.”

J. Mordaunt Crook

The Dilemma of Style: Architectural Ideas from the Picturesque to the Post-Modern, 1987

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