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  1. Peter Fritz Walter
    August 10, 2014

    Very good philosophical question that I was asking myself since many years. I know I would want to buy an old classical building and then renovate it, then add on a modern section that kind of reverses the philosophy while both parts need to have the golden proportions respected.

    In the ancient part I would put modern furniture, in the modern annex I would put classical furniture, thereby bringing about the ultimate harmony of style, history, and taste. Where would I put a Picasso? For sure, in the old classical building, while I would put a Vermeer in the modern annex.

    I know that this idea is realized already but only a few people know about it, most of them being architects and designers.

    I have studied Le Corbusier's ideas many years ago, while living in Switzerland. He was an idiot by and large, and the case presented here proves my point. I have seen some of his ugly HLMs in Switzerland—awful, hideous! Modern design starts with Frank Lloyd Wright. It was created in the United States, not in Europe. Even today, you find the most beautiful modern homes in both the States and in Australia. But now even in Germany …

  2. mai&BB 4life
    January 27, 2015

    Love this documentary!

  3. Lardé GH
    April 28, 2015

    P.S 35:04 that's Shaikh Zayed the founder of UAE and was Abu Dhabi govern. Shaikh Mohammad is the Govern of Dubai and he still alive. +Alain de Botton

  4. Thomas F
    August 13, 2015

    Yes! Welcome to Dubai, UAE!! My home right now

  5. Davy Jones
    September 19, 2015

    A propos the ugly, Le-Corbusier-inspired buildings in Paris (seen around 32:00) – in all fairness, he did project "unite d'habiation" type buildings too. This lady and her family would probably be a lot happier there. She could even have her own little garden in one of these.

  6. Josh Sancho
    October 31, 2015

    33:30 The thing is, when you are sort of, by definition, subscribed to the 'modernist' style of thinking, how do you do away with it, when you can't call it 'post-modernist' either? What could you call it? Escapist? Like Star Wars? Or like escaping from what people think is supposed to be 'post-modern modern'? Either way, I could get on board with it

  7. Pa Ch
    March 17, 2016

    Beautiful series.

  8. Gurbachan Singh
    June 21, 2016

    Excellent work. I am not sure I understand the whole thing. But there is something appealing. It added to my knowledge on the economics of housing – a different area. It was painstaking work.

  9. Mud Lotus
    July 13, 2016

    Where is part 4? I thought there was another episode :/

  10. rich
    December 30, 2016

    enjoyed all episodes. episodes 1 and 3 made me feel sad how so many of he world is stuck in past or abusing the future. episode 2 made me happy and while not liking every building but it make me close of what i see as beauty by brining the outside inside, and the inside outside.

  11. Pertti Heinikko
    January 10, 2017


  12. Black Jack
    January 27, 2017

    Plant trees in between the building space and even dullest building will look good.

  13. jordanmarkis
    March 16, 2017

    This guy Allan seems lost in his own fantastic world. To each their own

  14. anfr
    March 30, 2017

    Bobigny and Dubai both disasters

  15. anfr
    March 30, 2017

    "Goodness…Well I think its a great spot for a golfcourse"

  16. ferrarienzo564
    May 19, 2017

    1:20 isteat? Aesteat ? Ezeat? What did he say?

  17. Lisa Kilmer
    June 19, 2017

    Well, still disappointed. Maybe this fellow never intended to come to any conclusions. He's so biased toward modernism that it would have been much more pleasant to watch is he had just admitted it. It is ridiculous to ask people to describe buildings like people. The one man said his all-white box was masculine but welcoming. Someone else would call it repelling. I almost regret that the fourth episode was never made. I would have liked to know if this speaker ever admitted his prejudices.

  18. Jennifer H.
    July 26, 2017

    How do u feel? Positively painful, lol ; )

  19. Alejandro Vargas
    October 18, 2017

    Cannot believe that in any of your 3 episodes, you didn't even mention Frank Lloyd Wright and his most important philosophy of Organic Architecture. Unforgivable because he did address many of your concerns. You should read his articles and books where he spoke about Nature being the best example of beauty, of how Architecture has to have a dialogue with it, the importance of belonging, the sense of place etc., etc.

  20. Ali Güzel
    December 23, 2017

    37:00 :¿

  21. guitardaddy6
    March 2, 2018

    15:45 reasons not to get married. feminism is cancer.

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