Making Dystopia: James Stevens Curl Exposes Totalitarian Modernism and the Falsification of History | Cave of Apelles

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Professor James Stevens Curl is the author of the book “Making Dystopia: The Strange Rise and Survival of Architectural Barbarism”. He dissects the modernist ideology as a historical phenomenon, which is not independent of the authoritarian social forces that surround it. On the contrary, Stevens Curl demonstrates that modernism became an authoritarian aesthetic ideology from early on, which eventually characterised the whole of Western culture. Where many academics in Western Europe have taken a nihilistic approach to the dystopian urban landscapes that have risen after the Second World War, James Stevens Curl chooses a firm position. As he sees it, modernism is a deeply immoral and a socially destructive project, which should be actively combated. Curl has also written extensively about Victorian architecture. Architecturally, the Victorian era was a rich era, with great building activity and saw the construction of many beautiful churches. In his newest book “English Victorian Churches”, Curl explains how the European political currents of the , British religious policy, and local engagement played a significant role in realising this rich and beautiful architectural period.”

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