Overall, I got the impression this article was a collection of discontents the authors wanted to express, although not tied into a central thesis. From the reader’s perspective the ideas are disjointed. I believe the “Theory” paragraph is what should be developed as the thesis of the article. The points the authors make could be more convincing if they were explicitly tied into a call to action, the vision of what a new architecture would look like, or, in concrete terms, what is to be done about the current state of architecture. I was left wondering what the authors have in mind for what a new architecture would actually look like.
I think that what the authors are getting at in regards to zoning laws, for example, is a “political architecture”. The authors could distinguish ideas about physical architecture-- for example: constructed spaces, built environment-- and an ideological architecture-- for example: societal attitudes, legal systems, cultural priorities. The latter would include zoning laws, while the physical architecture resulting from an ideological architecture includes blocks of abandoned buildings, cheap unsustainable residential housing, landscaping and parks or lack thereof. What the authors consider capitalist could also be considered necessary, including shops and grocery stores. While these places are associated with products, they are also products that can be essential for life and lacking in poor areas.
Another point that seems relevant but not emphasized in the article is how schools of architecture and architecture curricula need to shift as much as attitudes in the general public and government leadership. The desirable aesthetic and literally the formation of spaces need to change. I think proposing concrete changes to schools of thought could help the authors’ arguments as a call to action. The historical styles that architecture draws on are also rooted in a colonial past. Western tradition dictated much of how spaces and buildings were created. The styles also draw on the value of the individual over the value of community. Therefore there are fewer spaces and means to interact with others outside, places where people mix from different backgrounds and walks of life. Plazas and parks, and public transportation, for example, can create this kind of opportunity. More than just racial segregation, we need to also pay attention to segregation by age, country of origin, income and background. Calling for change at the top, from institutions and government, could facilitate the shifts the authors would like to see.