The Main Evidence

The direct evidence that the Great War, of 1914-18, was a wellspring for the architecture of the 1960s, corresponding to Phase 5 of the chronology, is largely based on images. These are comprised of three layers: psychological symptoms, mirror images and landscapes of war.

The first layer consists of eight images of buildings from the 1960s juxtaposed with standard definitions of the symptoms of psychological disorder. These pairs can be seen as a first, suggestive layer of proof. They are consciously dialectical and ambivalent.

The second layer consists of 18 images from the Western Front paired with corresponding images from 1960s architecture. They serve to strengthen the visual link already suggested in the previous symptomatology.

The third layer is on a larger scale and is called landscapes of war. This is a group of sites whose planning and overall appearance are suggestive, for me, of the landscape of the Western Front. All were planned and/or built in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Note that all of the major elements of trenches and the war-zone are included. Given that it could be argued that modern architectural elements could ‘look like’ lots of things, the photographs of features from the Western Front placed in opposition indicate the possible closeness of fit. In effect, this privileges hindsight and puts it on paper.

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