Reply To: Great Modern Architecture!
Well, actually a lot of those skilled workers didn’t do too badly in the old days.
A major problem these days is that everything has to be belted out as quickly as possible to make maximum profit for the people at the top. Quality suffers. The craftspeople suffer and lose interest.
I’m sure most of us know of the “I want it yesterday” crap.
During the industrial revolution there was a revival of fanciful ornament – it was mass produced, cast in iron. They took it a bit far admittedly – factories in the mock style of the parthenon etc.
Sadly, hand created work is not feasible anymore for the mass market because capitalism has killed it.
As for masonry cleaning etc. Is it not possible to apply a protectice coating to buildings these days? One which will allow the stone to ventilate etc but be easy to clean without damage?