I do not like the artifice of modern cities. However, there is something quite pleasant about older constructions. Buildings of wood and stone, rather than concrete and brick, have an appeal to them that I don’t find in modern architecture. There is something in old architecture, even in more recent manifestations of the same spirit such as the nineteenth century revival of the Gothic style, that I just can’t see in modern buildings. The Renaissance architects called that style “Gothic” as an insult, for they thought it was crude and barbaric. Perhaps my tastes are vulgar and unsophisticated. Maybe a more refined palate can appreciate the soulless sterility of modernism. I don’t really care. I still want to demolish the chrome skyscrapers and build a sodding great castle in their place.

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