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View Poll Results: Are you a fan of new architecture?
Yes 12 36.36%
No 21 63.64%
Voters: 33. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-15-2012, 12:23 PM
 
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Just one question; what happened to the "quality" look of American architecture?

The type of architecture that actually had craft in it, it seems like everywhere I go the new buildings look cheaply built. I'm a fan of progression in architecture but the buildings, home, etc being built now is crappy.

You dont see too much craft within these "McMansions", new office buildings, etc.

Am I the only one that feels this way?

I was in D.C. earlier this month and saw plenty of new construction going on but it all looked tacky to me. It's not just D.C. though, its everywhere. These new buildings aren't built to withstand the test of time, I can tell you that.
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Old 01-15-2012, 02:46 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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In my architectural philosophy, architecture should be coherent within its environment (complementary, not contrary), and built on a human scale so as not to alienate the human mind and aesthetic.

The entire point of modern architecture is to break those rules. It is 'outside-the-box' thinking taken to an extreme. Architecture should not exist for architecture's sake but to create spaces for humans to live and work in.
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Old 01-15-2012, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Center City
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I can't answer this poll. I am a fan of good architecture, regardless of when it was built.

For example, I consider the building to the left "good" new architecture . . .


All sizes | Comcast building | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/raybanbro66/3087474887/sizes/z/in/photostream/ - broken link)

. . . and this old architecture ugly:


All sizes | Farmers Exchange Bank (Green Bay, WI) | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrew-turnbull/5734213798/sizes/z/in/photostream/ - broken link)

Before anyone asks: Yes I would consider this old building ugly even if it was rehabbed. Putting lipstick on a pig fools no one.
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Old 01-15-2012, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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I can't answer this poll. I am a fan of good architecture, regardless of when it was built.

For example, I consider the building to the left "good" new architecture . . .


All sizes | Comcast building | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/raybanbro66/3087474887/sizes/z/in/photostream/ - broken link)

. . . and this old architecture ugly:


All sizes | Farmers Exchange Bank (Green Bay, WI) | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrew-turnbull/5734213798/sizes/z/in/photostream/ - broken link)

Before anyone asks: Yes I would consider this old building ugly even if it was rehabbed. Putting lipstick on a pig fools no one.
That's funny, I like that building on the bottom.
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:37 PM
 
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In my architectural philosophy, architecture should be coherent within its environment (complementary, not contrary), and built on a human scale so as not to alienate the human mind and aesthetic.

The entire point of modern architecture is to break those rules. It is 'outside-the-box' thinking taken to an extreme. Architecture should not exist for architecture's sake but to create spaces for humans to live and work in.
I agree with you here.

I do not like modernist/New American architecture at all. I think it is horrifically ugly, but I think the old pre-war architecture is good and it should always be preserved wherever it is. All architecture should be built human scale and like they did in the old days, but modernism usually came with the advent of the car. Do you know why places like Paris are amongst the most visited worldwide, most expensive and most desirable places to live? They are filled with ornate pre-war style architecture that serves people. Architecture like many built these days serve only itself and it often makes it very undesirable to live in (compared to places like Paris). I do know that from most people I hear, they overwhelmingly do not like New American/Modernist architecture at all. I think that is a big reason why the NIMBY movement is so strong here in America because many people deep down do not like pre-war being replaced by New American architecture and it is something where people have an innate need for beauty and form in their enviornment. Architecture schools and developers of today are so out of touch with what people want and there needs to be a complete redoing of the whole thing. Architecture should serve people first and foremost and not egos of greedy developers or out-of-touch architects.
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:21 PM
 
Location: The City
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That's funny, I like that building on the bottom.

I actually think it has good bones too. Now the building to left in that picture looks ehhh

I am a fan of good architecture regardless of when built. As with most times there is good and bad. On DC, one thing they are getting away from is the super block buildings that had little on the mixed use and were monotonous. To me a good thing as they seem to be interacting better with the people on the street.
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Connecticut/ON, Canada
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I miss the charm and heart put into older buildings, plus they look so much cooler. I love the craftsmanship of old Victorian houses and city buildings.

I find most newer architecture to be dull and boring. And I'm getting sick of cookie cutter McMansions.

Last edited by JMT; 01-16-2012 at 10:37 AM.. Reason: Removed copyrighted images.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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Does anyone think there is demand out there for high-quality, MODERN archicture? Things like craftsmanship and fine materials on newer homes/buildings (whether it's urban renewal or suburban)? Would you pay a premium for it? Someday I'd like to participate in bringing back quality to urban design.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:14 PM
 
Location: MN
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. . . and this old architecture ugly:


All sizes | Farmers Exchange Bank (Green Bay, WI) | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
That's hideous.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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That's hideous.
Restored, I think that property could look pretty amazing. I can't say that about most newer buildings with modern construction/architecture.
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