same as it ever was

“Already, in the architecture and layout of the new community, one sees the knowledge and discipline that the machine has provided turned to more vital conquests, more human consummations. Already, in imagination and plan, we have transcended the sinister limitations of the existing metropolitan environment. We have much to unbuild, and and much more to build: but the foundations are ready: the machines are set in place and the tools are bright and keen: the architects, the engineers, and the workmen are assembled. None of us may live to see the complete building, and perhaps in the nature of things the building can never be completed: but some of us will see the flag or fir tree that the workers will plant aloft in ancient ritual when they cap the topmost story.”

– Lewis Mumford, closing paragraph of The Culture of Cities, published 1938

4 Responses to “same as it ever was”

  1. Phil McCrakin

    “The machine does not isolate us from the great problems of nature but plunges us more deeply into them”

  2. Brian

    “Computers used to take up entire buildings, now they just take up our entire lives.”

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