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A view from Dave Trott: Why we ignore humanity

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Cathy and I usually watch NHK, the Japanese channel, while we’re getting ready for work.

Recently, I saw a post-modern Osaka-based architect talking about his vision for the future.

He spoke about the way technology would revolutionise how we live – everything will be automated.

For instance, there will be no need for fridges or shopping, food will be kept fresh in giant freezers in the building’s basement – simply order up what you want before you go to work and it will be waiting for you in your apartment that evening.

And he talked about robots and automation and modernisation and efficiency.

And I thought: “Here we go again.”

And I wondered how come, as an architect, he hadn’t learned anything from Le Corbusier.

Le Corbusier was one of the world’s most influential architects, he invented modernism.

Everything was dedicated to simplification and efficiency, his most famous dictum was: “A house is a machine for........

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