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John Thackara says :

Our buildings are now about one-way-communication, too. Sports stadia, museums, theatres, science and convention centres. Such buildings do an accomplished technical job: they deliver pre-cooked experiences to passive crowds.

And whom do we have to thank for this semiotic pollution, for the catatonic spaces that despoil our physical and perceptual landscapes?

The "CreativeClass". That's who's responsible. In the same way that mill owners optimised mass production, the creative class has optimised the society of the spectacle.

At least mill owners bequeathed us well-made industrial cities. The creative class will be less fondly remembered. Their legacy is meaningless, narcissistic cities.

Luckily, the era of the creative class is over.

(DoorsOfPerception) (DoorsOfPerception)

Ann Galloway comments :

Not sure this is quite the same notion of CreativeClass that RichardFlorida has, though it may very well be the output of a creative class.

See also InformationCity, OrganicArchitecture, IsMassNatural, APatternLanguage, TheAgeOfAccess, SmartMobs