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Spatial Archetypes
Quadrant (1977)
  • Mimi Lobell

Architecture translates psychic structures into material structures giving form to the spatial archetypes of the collective unconscious. It houses our physical, social, cultural, and spiritual selves; and just as we cannot understand bees without knowing the beehive, so we cannot understand human beings without knowing architecture. Though the cultural and spiritual are uniquely human dimensions of experience, modern architecture has denied these dimensions and addressed itself only to physical and social needs. Modern architecture's goals of being functional, industrialized, and culture-free were first established in Europe around the turn of the century in belated response to the Industrial Revolution, and were brought to America by influential refugee architects shortly before world War II. … Today this style is finally being questioned by some architects; but it still holds strong in the conservative bulk of the profession, and what is worse, it is rapidly spreading from its Western origins throughout the world as European and American dominated environmental planning agencies design new cities, housing, and tourist facilities in developing countries …

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Mimi Lobell. "Spatial Archetypes" Quadrant Vol. 1o Iss. 2 (1977)
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