person who is in the least aware of the history and significance
of architecture, and has taken even a casual glance at the buildings
erected in this present age, must feel that our state of mind is,
to say the least of it, precarious. If we are to judge from the
condition of our architecture, society is very close to disintegration.
Never before has there been such chaos."
A. R. D. Fairburn, Planning
idea of function, always inseparable from sound architecture, has
been almost buried under successive eruptions of bad taste. Style
in the classical sense has been supplanted by ‘styles’
in the vulgar sense. Looking at the row of facades in any one of
our main streets, we have the impression of passing along the corridor
of a sort of architectural madhouse, and peering in at the patients
with their wide variety of aberrations, some of them amusingly eccentric;
others merely disgusting."
A. R. D. Fairburn, Planning 1, 1946.