In the corners of X where Roman marble profile pictures reign supreme, it’s common to lament the modern world’s lackluster architecture and long for a return to the past. These takes also appealed to silicon-valley techno-optimist types (including me). Not because they wished to return to the past, but because they are a salient example of stagnation in a world where
"There is no chance that the Sphere could last through a “Fall of Rome” and it probably couldn’t hack it through another pandemic. I’d love to see a show at the Sphere but it doesn’t stand on its own, so it doesn’t rank among greatest monuments of yore."
I suspect similar could be said of the colosseum though, right? It required manpower, knowledge, upkeep, and infrastructure facilities to function just like the Sphere does. Absent this, its a empty shell, just as the sphere would be.
Reminds me of
...it’s hard enough to build a durable house. Maybe it’s easier to build a durable monument? But it’s hard to build a durable and *wondrous* one.