I thought it was only an east coast thing, but I saw these buildings everywhere. It's the standard design for all new buildings.
You can strive for excellence spendor and beauty without believing a higher power.
Especially when the official doctrine tells you having pride in your work is a sin.
Ugliness was actually intentional in bruatlist and much architecture. Marxism and other leftist ideologies believe that there is no such thing as truth, or beauty or that if people see beautiful things they will have hope and hope is bad because the only solution is Marxism.All we have is the ugliness of modernity like the Soviet Union and the modern West that shows the results of not believing in a higher power.
A good documentary on this:Greedy developers. Lack of imagination. Profit above beauty. Braindead architects.
People also don’t value craftsmanship and good design like they used to. Hence IKEA and people paying millions to live in cookie cutter buildings.
The U.S. doesn’t seem to have cultural markers akin to shrines in Japan or old towns in Europe. Wonder if it ever will...
In Making Dystopia, distinguished architectural historian James Stevens Curl tells the story of the advent of architectural Modernism in the aftermath of the First World War, its protagonists, and its astonishing, almost global acceptance after 1945. He argues forcefully that the triumph of architectural Modernism in the second half of the twentieth century led to massive destruction, the creation of alien urban landscapes, and a huge waste of resources. Moreover, the coming of Modernism was not an inevitable, seamless evolution, as many have insisted, but a massive, unparalled disruption that demanded a clean slate and the elimination of all ornament, decoration, and choice.
Le Corbusier planned to demolish much of Paris to make way for his brutal skyscrapers, and held a top planning post with the Nazis' Vichy collaborators in France. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe tried to get Hitler to embrace modernism as the design template of the Third Reich. Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus and brought the modernist virus to the United States. He was handed the leadership of Harvard's school of architecture on a platter, and he spread the poison to almost every architecture school in America and abroad. Stevens Curl focuses on uncovering the misdeeds of these charlatans, but there is so much more in his indictment.
The founders' totalitarian experiment was exported to the United States before the war but it took hold only afterward. The long-established dominance of traditional architecture ended with a whimper. Stevens Curl has the hard facts and citations to demonstrate how this came down. He describes how modern architecture was shifted from a niche design conceit reeking of communism before WWII to a symbol of democracy after WWII and used to belabor the Soviets. At the same time, he shows how traditional architecture went quietly from the establishment into the dog house in just a few short postwar years.
I agree this accounts for the modern ugly strip mall or cookie cutter bedroom suburb, But even designs by 'star' architects for luxury buildings that popping up in cities around the world are ugly and dystopian.Cost to design. Why pay expert architects and engineers millions to make one off designs.