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“freakish hypervictorian ornamentation”

By December 30, 2010No Comments

Thanks to @gtiso’s Best Blog Posts of 2010 I have been introduced to Owen Hatherley on Architecture:

Jonathan Meades has an interesting architectural theory of dictatorial longevity — that the more a regime embraces kitsch, the more it will be entrenched in power. The Nazis, with their middlebrow neoclassicism, their Kingsnorthian mountain retreats, didn’t get long — Stalin, meanwhile, died of old age, his regime gilded by gold leaf and freakish hypervictorian ornamentation.

[From sit down man, you’re a bloody tragedy: Red Gates]

I think you should check it out, too.