Modernist architecture does not give us new ways of seeing. It is an impoverishment, in fact. It ignores a varied cultural vocabulary accumulated over the centuries, because that vocabulary might endanger Modernism’s political purpose. As a project, it resembles Kemal Atatürk’s purging of the Turkish language to eliminate words with Persian, Arabic, or European roots…

By Christopher Caldwell, WeeklyStandard; excerpts, edited by Ellopos Blog; Read complete. Cf. Roger Scruton: Modernist buildings exclude dialogue