At the current moment, the modern movement seems unable and unwilling to address the ills plaguing current society. We are today plagued by climate change, technological disruption, rampant inequality, and now actually a plague, in the form of Covid-19. In spite of our great technological and social progress, nature seems to have found a way of fighting back at all scales of life. Stripped back from distractions and spectacles, what is revealed now is that our modern society was always built on fragile territory (and even more vulnerable just-in-time supply chains). Mass consumption and mass production cannot alone guarantee lasting prosperity, and even the luxury class will be under assault. What we need now is a concerted effort to connect with each other and build a more equitable, holistic community. Technology will be part of the solution, but so will individual leadership and organization. After all, we don't always need smarter machines, but we definitely need better people, to maintain and operate Spaceship Earth.
EVOLUTION AND REVOLUTION
Morphologies: From Renaissance to the Baroque
The Battle of the 19th Century: Neoclassical versus Gothic
A Similar Moment of Transition: From Modern to Contemporary
The Farnsworth House flooded, May 2020 (Link: Chicago Tribune)