Mark Raymond: Victims of the City

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Victims of the City

This was our first introduction to Mark and his thoughts about the commoditization of the world and modern day architectural design in support of it. He explains that architecture is much more than a structure plopped on a vacant piece of land. It can and should balance environment, economy, and society.  Part of his message addresses the change in our cities as towers, malls, and other financial components move-in and in the same way move-out certain portions of society. This change is often costly and inefficient by serving only a small portion of the existing community and causes social change.

To expand on that I'd say that all cities have a culture which must be preserved and work in harmony with developments. If the city embraces its culture but pushes out those that have created the culture, then the culture becomes a stale marketing tool that then lacks the organic life it once had.

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