Michael Diamant on the Classical Architecture Takeover and the Utter Stupidity of the Modernists | The Cave of Apelles

Michael Diamant sheds light on what defines “classical” architecture, and positive news about building projects. He founded the Facebook group “New Traditional Architecture”, which is bringing together classically minded architects and lovers of architecture:

01:25 Not my original ideas — I learn from what the past did right
03:30 New classical buildings spark optimism and desire to do the same
07:35 Private donations equals classical architecture, state money equals modernism
09:13 How Michel Diamant got involved with architecture
16:31 New buildings are ugly because of modernist ideology
17:39 The modernists avoid open discussions about architecture
20:35 Against Modernism — not modern architecture
22:15 What is “classical” architecture?
25:00 Classical architecture is connected to nature and makes us calm
31:26 The relativistic modernists have hijacked all the institutions
41:33 Diamant’s dream scenario: replace all modernists with classicists
44:21 Classical architecture is more environmentally friendly
53:16 The modernists are just stupid people who refuse to learn from the past
59:20 Classical architecture will win the popular opinion
1:10:37 Amateurs are more able than experts
1:12:40 Book recommendations and where to study classical architecture
1:14:30 City planning: Europe’s Capitals and Leon Krier’s Poundsbury
1:21:15 A wave of restoration of old buildings?
1:28:14 Preserving the material or the historical memory
1:38:14 “We are them, they are us”

This episode was filmed and edited by Bork S. Nerdrum.
The centerpiece was a photo of the Yale Residential Colleges, 2017
Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects: Melissa DelVecchio, Robert A.M. Stern, Jennifer L. Stone, Graham S. Wyatt
(Image Courtesy of Robert AM Stern Architects)


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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"