The Future-Past is Boring
This little profile of Poundbury is brilliant: 'You get the feeling if anything became worn a little man would scurry out to touch it up again.' I wonder if this implies that Leon Krier is not so anti-Modernist as he immediately seems: the fastidious, early Le Corbusier impulse to make sure the touch of history never besmirches the building seems far more present here than in the remains of the works of Corbusier's imitators as they exist around Britain, where climate and bad aggregates have left traces of history that are all too visible. It's especially odd that, given Krier's concern for architectural 'speech' and communication, it all seems so very blank. A historicism that looks as freeze-dried and stern as the most coldly precise bit of Weimar functionalism, only for the purposes of hurtling back to the past rather than imposing a possible future on the present.
Also relevant: Krier claims that Poundbury is 'meant to be boring'.