chapter  IV
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The Attack on Architecture

The new architecture of the revolution was therefore one that had achieved the maximum possible 'purity' was to the greatest possible extent uncontaminated by the admixtures, an architecture absolute and 'free'. The garden revolution was a revolt not only against the dominance of architectural forms within the garden, but against the primacy of architecture as such, a primacy to which the garden had till then been subordinated. The building of artificial ruins also indicates a kind of breakdown; one may even say a violent breakdown, of that sense which it is peculiarly the function of architecture to satisfy. Before the second revolt against architecture broke out in 1900, the revolt which reached its culminating point in 1920, architecture suffered a sudden and unforeseen attack from another quarter. It was attacked by a new form of ornament.