Getting People Interested in Classical Architecture | Ruben Hanssen, Hoff-Andersen & Michael Diamant | The Cave of Apelles

Three architecture enthusiasts sit down to discuss how to get people involved and interested in classical architecture.
From left to right: Ruben Hanssen from The Aesthetic City, the Norwegian architect Kristian Hoff Andersen, and Michael Diamant (founder of New Traditional Architecture on Facebook)

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Chapter markers:
00:00 Getting people interested in classical architecture
07:05 The framework of classical architecture
10:52 A viable alternative
14:49 Learning online and questioning established truths
19:26 Activists and slacktivists
23:03 Developers are not ideologically motivated
25:28 Modernist dogma & cheap fossil fuels
27:32 Developers and architects follow the culture
28:36 More expensive to build classical?
35:33 The case for hand-made architectural details
38:05 Classical architecture can be profitable
43:34 The economy of natural materials and proper roofs
47:23 Natural stone, cement core and added “skin”
51:18 “Honest” and “sustainable” virtue signaling
53:05 Eco friendly: mill buildings reused as luxury hotels
55:47 Can you reform modernist architects?
1:00:28 Changing the moralistic perception of time
1:10:05 Pimping up modernist buildings
1:16:11 Embracing the toolbox of history
1:18:45 An exit strategy for modernists
1:22:30 Myth busting and bipartisanship

This episode featured Ruben Hanssen, Kristian Hoff-Andersen & Michael Diamant 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"