Current Views in Architectural Theory
Society and Theory
Satiety and Plenitude – Architectonic Revaluation
very beginning modern architects were caught in the dilemma of claiming
universal prestige for the exclusivity of their construct(ion)s. Thereby
they manoeuvered themselves into a contradiction which does not let itself
be resolved, but with which they could successfully mislead their followers
and critics. That happened with the help of a ploy. In its heroic phase
modern architecture presented itself with two viewpoints: that of the
expert and that of the layman. Let us first consider the layman.
Naturally he profited in that modern buildings wanted to be functional. Yet
should at the same time a new idea of beauty rise in him from their utility,
although it could be assumed that the wider population would continue to
insist that “Beauty“ is to be surmised there where blatant functions have no
place to be.
 Walter Benjamin, Erfahrung und Armut, in: ders., Illuminationen, Frankfurt a. M. 1961, S. 313-318
 Peter Sloterdijk: Sphären, Band III: Schäume, Frankfurt a. M. 2004, S. 675
 To the contrast of a contranatural and naturalanalogue Technology see Peter Sloterdijk and Hans-Jürgen Heinrichs: Die Sonne und der Tod. Dialogische Untersuchungen, Frankfurt a. M. 2001, S. 328 ff.
Boris Groys: Über das Neue. Versuch einer Kulturökonomie,
Frankfurt a. M. 2004, S. 16