Architecture OF Today: GAINS OF AN INDIVIDUAL AS LOSS OF THE CITY

Cities have captured man's imagination for years. They have been symbols of the growth and development of communities as a whole:expressions of a society. Yet today whenever we have to talk of a great city we have to go back to the medieval times. In today's city which grows around the historic city, volumes of buildings produced in response to demands of housing, commercial and industrial buildings are taking on a banal, often sad appearance lacking in quality which we often attribute to cultivated architecture.

Contemporary architects are either unable to or refuse to come to terms with the changing organism that is the city. From Michelangelo's 'will of man' to the hermetic attitude of the modern man and from there to the contemporary architect, there is a growing disdain towards the city. There is a conscious lucid withdrawal of architecture to strict fields of formal creation and the production of exquisite, culturally significant objects.

But is urbanity made of individual greats?

Should a building be a supreme expression of an individual?

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