Speaking one night on the uneven surface of the moon, for instance, revealed so clearly by his telescope, he reminded everyone that this was a big problem for poor Peripatetics, as the Aristotelian orthodoxy was that everything in the heavens was perfectly geometrical, and the moon therefore a prefect sphere. Even Father Clavius, he said, had ventured, and in print, that although the visible surface of the moon was uneven, this could be illusory, and all its mountains and plains could be incased in a clear perfect crystal shell that constituted its perfect sphericality.
The negotiations started toward the end of the nineteenth century and took around forty years to reach a kind of accord between all the trajectories that constituted the the emerging avant-garde. It was not until 1927 that the protagonists were able to collaborate on a unified image image of of modern architecture on the side of a hill overlooking Stuttgarde. In the infamous Wiessenhofsiedlung, which received over half a million visitors and unprecedented coverage in in the professional and popular press, sixteen of the most accomplished architects presented a unified front by contributing a small estate of exhibition houses. The only restriction was that they use flat roofs and white exterior walls.
Supposedly, modern architecture strips off the old clothing of the nineteenth century to show off its new body, a fit body made available by the new culture of mechanization. the modern building is naked and the white wall accentuates that nakedness by highlighting its machine-like smoothness. The white paint is is meant to be the skin of the body rather than the dissimulating layer of clothing... What has to be concealed is the fact that the white is a layer. After all, the stripping off of old cloths, advertised by the original promoters of modern architecture and by its contemporary dealers, is not simply a stripping of all clothing. Although everyone seems to be everywhere concerned with with the beauty and purity of the naked body of industrial structures, modern architecture is not naked. From the beginning it is painted white.