Why You Hate Contemporary Architecture

This is a really great (and funny!) piece from “Current Affairs” that hits home.

 

~ by sacredblasphemies on 11/20/2017.

2 Responses to “Why You Hate Contemporary Architecture”

  1. That was such an excellent article, thank you! Really expresses all my feelings about modern architecture. Those architects need to read some material on psychogeography! It’s nearly criminal how they ignore the impact on the actual humans involved. The worst part is that – as mentioned in the article – unlike other arts, we cannot get away from architecture that kills the soul, so they are inflicting their ridiculous theories on us, and we pay the price.

    It’s always especially bothered me that in this age of 3D printing and other marvels, ornamentation would be easier and even cheaper than ever, and yet our buildings are mostly boring blocks of nothing. What the article doesn’t touch on much is how these lofty ideals of modern architecture have filtered down to the level of everyday cookie cutter boxes as housing and office buildings… combined with the emphasis on developer profit, you get very cheap, plain, identical structures popping up everywhere (especially in this college town I live in, where student housing seems endlessly growing).

    The only potential salvation for us is that these buildings are so cheaply and quickly put up that they will never last even 100 years, so at least we’ll have a chance to change things not too far down the line, if we can get our heads out of our asses as a culture.

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