Owen defends modernism against “those who seemed to defend Modernism from a sort of lifestyle perspective – publications like Wallpaper, property developers like Urban Splash, the austerity nostalgia of Royal Festival Hall branded mugs and plates, the attempted reclamation of Modernist architecture in Britain from its associations with social housing and the social democracy of the post-war decades; or there were those who combined that lifestyle Modernism with Modernism-as-self-help, something that was particularly irksome in Alain de Botton’s book and TV series on architecture.”
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