chapter  3
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‘A city is not a tree’: it is a landscape

Modern architecture would be pure, clean and white. Victorian architects, they said, had been corrupted by stylistic considerations. Too often, modern architecture has been environment-unfriendly. As architecture is public, whatever languages architects use should be translatable into local tongues. The environment speaks too, in many languages and with many voices. If peace is to dawn, between architecture and environment, new channels of communication must be opened. 'Jaw Jaw is better than War War', said Churchill. The languages of the post-postmodern environment are of prime importance. Those without an interest in vegetation, architecture, street planning, land use or history may be completely unaware of their existence. Micro-climate was ignored, along with local building materials, traditions, pedestrians, religion, art, cyclists and vegetation. For half a century, as the International Style marched on, the environment lost and the people suffered Excellent buildings should speak to the whole environment: to other structures, to the animals, to the plants, to people, and to everything.