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"We used to do it right and we've got the models sitting right in front of us; what's stopping us from beauty?"

What's stopping us is architects who where taught that decoration is for sissys and beauty is weak. If you designed a traditional looking building in just about any architecture school, you'd get laughed at, and if you're trying to get a diploma, you learn to "love" modernist architecture.

You can design a modernist one, but not a traditional one. Never mind that people tend to prefer traditional styles or that modernism is now a historic style, or that you might have to design for a historic neighborhood in the future. There's this erroneous notion that it's impossible to be original in a traditional style, as if all the neo-modernist stuff nowadays was breathtakingly original. Forget how well it's built, or how well it solves the program, and most of all, forget how beautiful it might be, if it's traditional, it's bad.

Fix that and you'll get a lot better buildings for our resurgent cities, what ever style one preferes.

by Thayer-D on Nov 6, 2012 8:50 pm • linkreport

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