Rykwert's comments on graffiti, fast food, the London Millennium Wheel or glitzy urban development in China are intelligent, of course, but not so different from what you'd expect from a good journalist writing for the day, dispensably
. His objections to the Wheel in prospect have probably not survived the reality (mine haven't, which were the same); his Chinese remarks are those of someone who got there first, but didn't feel great rapport with or repulsion from what he saw, In this book one of the most interesting writers on architecture has found an uncongenial subject.
the objects of your taste will outlive you passing hands, being traded, collecting shades of light and dust elsewhere in your absence and you dead, dispensably
dead, having left no trace of breath been so easily replaced by thousands.