Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What's up with modern architecture?

The conventional wisdom is that the design and construction industry has moved forward as technology has improved and collaboration has increased. Not so, says Chicago Sun-Times columnist Roger Ebert, who says modern architecture "has grown tiresome." Gone are the beautiful buildings, giving way to corporate behemoth that tower over the landscape just to get into the record books. In other cases, firms are so worried about the bottom line that they set creativity to the side and take the safe route.
I think there's something to that, and it's not going to get better any time soon with continued worry about the state of the economy.

1 comment:

  1. Seems to me that the quality of the architecture is inversely related to the size of the job in many cases. Large firms sell jobs with slick marketing and a big name, and generate mediocre results based on whatever the current fad is in the business at the time. If I see one more leaning building with or without a hole in it, I am going to barf. Just because we can do something doesn't mean we should, and just because it is complicated doesn't make it beautiful. I am happy to report that we continue to see mid size firms doing outstanding work on smaller lower profile projects, and they manage to do it without resorting to the various tricks and gimmicks currently in vogue in the industry.


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