Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

An Undervalued History Lesson

Despite living in the most advanced time of human history, our homes are more drab than ever. Today, we create entire neighbourhoods by connecting concrete rods and panels like a giant black-and-white Ikea set.

Contemporary architecture is big on grey and light on fun.

According to findings from the UK’s Science Museum, modern design in general is becoming less colourful and more square. 

Nothing captivating or extravagant about it. 

And that’s a shame because we used to be so dosh garn good at having a good time. People will fly across the globe to spend a few days gawking at the glamorous city centres of old.

Half a month’s salary, just to look at some old buildings. 

Of course, these historical landmarks that draw bigger crowds than any living rockstar aren’t just old, they’re absolutely astonishing.

We marvel at these architectural masterpieces. As no doubt, our ancestors did too. 

So clearly, we have a strong desire for the ornate and intricate. 

For beauty.

Yet when it comes to decorating our own homes, we choose to erect monuments to ugliness.

Instead of cathedrals, temples, and palaces, we build boxes.

Hardly any modern city centre comes close to matching the artistry of our medieval and ancient ancestors.

And it doesn’t matter if you go to America, Africa, or Asia, all the new stuff looks exactly alike.

Square and greige.

All because the people that OK the building plans can’t express themselves in any other way than the economic.

Since it’s cheaper to slap premade slabs of concrete together than to hire bricklayers, cities will eventually cease to have bricks.

Or glamour.

If the homes of our distant relatives still beam beauty in the present, it might be a good idea to model our cities on the rich architecture of the past rather than an Amazon parcel.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach