Hugo Chavez and High-Modernism

Charles Lane explores the motivations of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez as he undergoes a massive project to move the poor of his country into Utopian ‘socialist’ metropolis’.

Chavez challenges nature as well as democracy Charles Lane The Morning Call 12/02/07

“Chavez acts on an ideology that anthropologist James C. Scott of Yale has called ‘high modernism’…Central to high modernism is an aesthetic sense that prefers straight lines and right angles to the crooked pathways and sprawling gardens of spontaneous rural development…Architecturally and ecologically unsustainable, high modernist projects always collapse of their own weight sooner or later.”

More on Chavez’s planned ‘socialist cities’ here.

Posted by Chris


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