Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. “Is Modern Architecture Disastrous?”

Firing Line Videos, Hoover Institution, taped on October 1, 1981, uploaded to YouTube on May 2, 2011.

Guest: Tom Wolfe


A rip-roaring attack on the shibboleths of modern architecture–and with a Firing Line rarity, visual aids (illustrations from Wolfe’s book). Wolfe: “The irony of this is all these forms were created for the workers in the ruins and rubble of Germany after the First World War under a Socialist government and somehow, as if they had bounced off Telstar, landed on Sixth Avenue, Park Avenue–practically any avenue you want to name in any large American city. . . . Far from housing workers these structures … are housing the corporate giants of America. . . . And they are all in worker-housing forms.”