Barcelona’s grand cathedral, La Sagrada Familia, is finally nearing completion after 132 years of construction, and the very thing that is right about this points to much of what’s wrong about architecture and Western culture. The architect of this amazing structure, Antonio Gaudí, died in 1926 after being hit by a streetcar. Gaudi famously said of the seemingly endless construction process that his client, God, “is not in a hurry.” My first reaction to La Sagrada…  [more]