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Question re. Communitas by Paul/Percival Goodman


Anyone out there familiar with the book Communitas by Paul and Percival Goodman?

I'm curious if anyone has an interpretation of the following paragraph (specifically the part in bold):

"In a more radical interpretation e.g., of the Bauhaus the formula means that the form is given by the function: there is to be no addition to the arrangement of the utility, the thing is presented just as it works. In a sense, this is not an esthetic principle at all, for a machine simply working perfectly would not be noticed at all and therefore would not have beauty nor any other sensible satisfaction. But these theorists were convinced that the natural handling of materials and the rationalization of design for mass production must necessarily result in strong elementary and intellectual satisfactions simplicity, cleanliness, good sense, richness of texture. The bread-and-butter values of poor people who have been deprived, but know now what they want."

My own reading: The Bauhaus school claims to emulate the "natural" values of the poor, as if Bauhaus-style designs are what would naturally/automatically occur if the poor were given access to the implements of mass-production.