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Overview: We have entered a phase in which computer design and the ready availability of cast and molded materials have transformed the appearance of large buildings in our cities. As a result certain established principles that have dominated the construction of the urban fabric have been marginalized or set aside: vertical order, alignment, the priority of the street and the skyline, and composition. In place of these we have buildings with fluid forms that stand in no relation to their surroundings, to the street or to the sky. Should we accept this? What is wrong with it? And what is the alternative?
Roger Scruton is currently a senior research fellow of Blackfriars Hall, Oxford and visiting professor at Oxford University. He was for a while employed by Birkbeck College in the University of London, but since 1990 has been self-employed. He is author of over thirty books, including works of criticism, political theory and aesthetics, as well as novels and short stories. His writings include The Aesthetics of Music (1997), Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (2003), and Understanding Music (2009). Roger Scruton is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He lives with his wife and two children in Malmesbury, England.