Recipe for Modernism

Here is the recipe:

  • Look at a complex and confusing reality, such as the social dynamics of an old city
  • Fail to understand all the subtleties of how the complex reality works
  • Attribute that failure to the irrationality of what you are looking at, rather than your own limitations
  • Come up with an idealized blank-slate vision of what that reality ought to look like
  • Argue that the relative simplicity and platonic orderliness of the vision represents rationality
  • Use authoritarian power to impose that vision, by demolishing the old reality if necessary
  • Watch your rational Utopia fail horribly


Folksonomies: complexity governance utopia

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 A Big Little Idea Called Legibility
Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Rao, Venkatesh (July 26, 2010), A Big Little Idea Called Legibility, Retrieved on 2023-01-05
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