"Perhaps this is the new paradigm. Instead of progress we have endless reassemblages of the past fleetingly brought together by the algorithms of a Google image search. Culture, and architectural culture too, is framed by a different model. Not a map of fixed territories scrolling forward over time, but a vast fluid pool, infinitely wide and microns thin.
And perhaps this is what leaves us all tongue-tied when it comes to trying to describe what’s actually happening in architecture. It’s the language we’re schooled in: the words and concepts of 20th-century art history that have suddenly become inert, useless − flabby as a mollusc. ”