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May 6, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m torn between admiration for the clean, simple efficiency of modular buildings and horror at their utter lack of architectural soul. These buildings mean nothing as buildings; they exist only as a quick and inexpensive means to house stuff. They are the anti-Bauhaus.

From that perspective, modular buildings mean a lot. They speak a great deal about our culture. These structures aren’t built to last; they’re built to last long enough. No matter how long they remain standing, they’ll never end up on some registry of historical buildings.

But photographs of them will find their way into the historical record and museums and galleries. It’s odd to think images of these soul-free structures will, in the end, receive more attention than the structures themselves.

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