Comment 28540

By LL (registered) - website | Posted February 08, 2009 at 21:03:14

Smith: first of all, you're contradicting yourself. In many previous posts, you have declared in an objective way that capitalism advances technological evolution. (Architecture is technology by any reasonable definition.) Now you're saying that consumer choice justifies an obvious qualitative degeneration.

Secondly, urban planning in Hamilton IS top-down. DeSantis, Losani, etc. - the development corporations that politically control urban planning in Hamilton - are all organizations with top-down decision making processes.

Civic life in the times of Gothic and Baroque - when the gorgeous (and energy efficient) city centres of Europe were created - was largely controlled by guilds, which were proto-democratic organizations, much less top-down than today's corporations.

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