Making Dystopia

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This page contains links to online reviews of and purchase sites for Making Dystopia: The Strange Rise and Survival of Architectural Barbarism, a history of modern architecture by architectural historian James Stevens Curl, author of more than 40 books about architecture, mainly in his native Britain, most of which have little to do with modern architecture. Making Dystopia was published by Oxford University Press in the fall of 2018 and is, from a traditionalist perspective, the most comprehensive description of its subject to date. It has borne the full brunt of attack by modernist critics in the U.K., where his antagonists are quick to regret that Stevens Curl has revived an anti-modernist crusade that they pretend to believe had concluded with Prince Charles’s “carbuncle” speech in 1984. The public has been skeptical of modern architecture since it first appeared in the early 20th century. Criticism of modern architecture has been constant since it took over the architectural establishment in the late 1940s; Dystopia is merely the latest major critique, though perhaps one that, with its sterling qualities, will succeed, where others have failed, to shift the opposition to modernism into high gear, leading to its replacement as the default style for most architecture today. This page is an effort to facilitate such a shift by collecting in one place widespread material about the book.

Professor Curl’s public lecture tour of the United States in May 2019:

May 8 – Philadelphia

May 10 – Washington, DC

May 13 – New Orleans

May 14 – Denver

May 16 – Boston

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