However, as an architect immersed in practice instead of academia, I have to wonder, why the creation of beautiful form is only considered legitimate if it has a dense (obtuse) intellectual narrative about politics and identity and conflict to go along with it. Is beauty alone not enough? I guess people think that beauty is too subjective in the modern era. But intellectual narratives are subjective too. So round and round we go.
I have a lot of thoughts about this, and the ambivalence I feel about academic architecture is why I don't make the effort to go to many lectures. But I went. By bike. I got to ride on the Vassar street cycletracks, which is a pleasure.
I passed the ghost bike of the MIT grad who was killed at the intersection of Mass Ave and Vassar, apparently waiting at a light to make a left turn when a wide turning semi ran him down. Very sad.
They sure are lovely though.
And I mostly enjoyed the lecture. I think I should make more of an effort to go to lectures that might be more of my "thing" instead of lectures that fit into a prescribed time frame. That realization alone was worth the trip, and I think will inspire me to go to more lectures.