Walter Benjamin’s Observations in his Essay, “Some Motifs on Baudelaire” This report will consider the relevance of the Walter Benjamin’s observations in his essay “Some Motifs on Baudelaire,” with regard to modern design. Questions to be addressed here include the relevance of writing about the themes of modern design, how to write about contemporary architectural thinking from experience, taking these ideas beyond architecture to other cultural expressions, and finally exploring the real connection between these other cultural expressions and design. Benjamin’s reflections on the Parisian arcades of the early 20th century and the flâneur’s perspective still instruct us today. Some of these concepts cohere in the concept of...The end:
..... The CN Tower mocks us a little after Prime Minister Harper tried to get Canada on the UN Security Council but failed. Still, we have the blanket of consumer fascination to protect us, in a city that is friendly to consumers, as a phantasmagoria of littler questions than those posed by the world’s tallest free standing structure. What may be the deeper question is if our icons of power weren’t the real phantasms after all, and our consumer choices the truer reality. Bibliography Bellow, Saul. The Adventures of Augie March. New York: Avon Books, 1949. Benjamin, Walter. “On Some Motifs in Baudelaire,” Rethinking Architecture. Ed. Neil Leach. New York: Routage , 1997. Hays, Michael K.. Architecture theory since 1968. New York: MIT Press, 2000.