How to Bring Back Beauty to a Confused Modern World | Michael Diamant & Carl Korsnes | The Cave of Apelles

The fight for our cities has only just begun. Michael Diamant (founder of New Traditional Architecture on facebook) stresses the importance of being on the offense and not fall for false embraces to keep the movement afloat. The modernists cannot be reformed, they have to be removed.

While studies of the human brain and how human beings react to their environment is a useful argument for the superiority of classical architecture, Diamant warns of “neuroscience architecture” and how it can alienate us from the slightly imperfect but unmatched quality which is the result of building things with our hands.

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Chapter markers:
00:00 Diamant’s viral interview in The Cave
02:21 We need to attack
04:57 A false embrace
07:47 A thousand different traditional styles
13:59 Beauty reduced to its biological component
19:55 Beautiful architecture vs philosophical masturbation
24:55 Pride in colonial architecture
26:30 Do not reform modernists — remove them!
33:05 Keeping the classical movement afloat
36:39 The “greenest” building is the one we want to preserve
45:01 Classical architecture attracts people
47:10 “Consumerist” modernism and the green movement
52:05 Classical architecture is not more expensive!
57:01 Beauty inspires everyone
1:04:55 Why “prove” what everyone knows is right?
1:07:11″Neuroscience architecture” vs giving hope
1:10:40 Late classical buildings became too dogmatic
1:13:06 Only talented people should break the rules
1:17:34 Modernist architects live in classical buildings
1:21:46 Classical architects know more

This episode featured Michael Diamant & Carl Korsnes and was filmed and edited by Bork Nerdrum.
The centerpiece was a 19th century reproduction of G. F. Watts’ Hope.

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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"