Zoya, The Queen of The Kingdom of All Kingdoms, decided one day to take a quick trip to the “Under-world”, to see the beauty of cities’ architecture. She has always been fond of what “citizens” of all times created with their talents, smartness and needs.
She roamed around all the “remote kingdoms”, admiring some of what she saw. She enjoyed the Roman and the Greek architectures, and all the myths related to them. While the Islamic architecture has been always breathe taking to her, with all its illustrations. She always thought the Indian was full of thought, spirituality and beauty. And fascinated by the Korean, Chinese and Japanese architectures, as they were full of royalty and deserved lots of respect. And liked to be there where the Mesoamerican architecture exists, because she liked to travel in time as well, to imagine or maybe try to remember what was there then.
She never liked the Medieval architecture, nor the life style back then, and for that she didn’t want to go and take a look, she never wanted to refresh her memories there. But she entertained herself a bit with the Gothic style.
The Queen liked what she thought was artistic, and so a bit more modern style was also something she wanted to see during her trip, so of course she paid some visits to cities that have the Baroque and the Classic styles.
She moved into modern architectural cities in her “remote kingdoms”, she preferred the Expressionist style rather than the International style. Some of the Critical Regionalism was good enough to impress her, but the Postmodern style wasn’t her favorite.
The Queen enjoyed her trip, although she didn’t understand how many, many cities didn’t have any style, any architecture and no taste at all; just random houses, buildings, silly concrete bridges, no monuments or landmarks to be mentioned. Besides that the style wasn’t all unified. And to her surprise this chaos and mess existed in kingdoms that once upon a time were glorious, those who had conquered the world once or twice in the past, those who were pioneers in science, arts and literature! She told the King as she returned to her Royal Palace in the “Upper-world” that “It is absolutely disgusting to walk or drive in such places, very lame and very unorganized, they don’t even pay attention to their cities’ structure, of course they won’t be able to unify the style”.
The Queen always like to spend her alone-time by the “Royal River”, up there, where it’s tranquil in a color of gold, and thought; if these “citizens” of our days right now or say a century back, couldn’t be smart enough themselves nor talented to create beautiful cities for themselves, they then could have simply copied some styles made by others in previous times, or parallel times. Copying doesn’t need any smartness, or creativity. All they needed to do, in her opinion, is to travel a bit around, see what they like, and do the same in their cities before damaging them with ridiculous concrete. She also thought; how can anyone abandon rivers and seas and establish major cities in the middle of nothing but sands and rocks! She really wondered; can stupidity be the reason why these “citizens” couldn’t even think of copying, or stealing, if you like to call it? But they are so good at stealing each other!
To her they could have used their robbery skills in some fancy architectural ways!