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Why is Architecture so Bland Today?

Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:22 am
Posted by Hangover Haven
Metry
Member since Oct 2013
26420 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:22 am
Even with fast food restaurants..

Back when we had...






Now we have this bland shite.






Seems like shite all went down hill...
This post was edited on 2/25/24 at 9:30 am
Posted by rundmcrun
Member since Jan 2024
300 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:25 am to
Capitalism always steers itself towards the blah.
Posted by fr33manator
Baton Rouge
Member since Oct 2010
123890 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:26 am to
Regarding that grand old architecture, my mother always says "God is in the details."

And modern architecture is a godless monstrosity.
Posted by Gifman
by the mountains
Member since Jan 2021
9217 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:26 am to
You ever see a communist city?
Posted by tiggerthetooth
Big Momma's House
Member since Oct 2010
61103 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:26 am to
Because it's about saving costs and making sure buildings are built to code based on massive government regulations.
Posted by BigAppleTiger
New York City
Member since Dec 2008
10374 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:26 am to
Look at most of America beyond a downtown area and you'll have your answer. Suburban aesthetics gone awry.
Posted by soccerfüt
Location: A Series of Tubes
Member since May 2013
65509 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:27 am to
Mike Brady is still pushing the envelope-

Posted by RogerTheShrubber
Juneau, AK
Member since Jan 2009
259874 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:28 am to
Because it has become far too expensive to build anything besides functional construction due to regulations.
Posted by Hangover Haven
Metry
Member since Oct 2013
26420 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:28 am to
Yep...

Look at the old Roy Roger's, they went as for as putting rain barrels for an old timey look that actually functioned..

Posted by DrDenim
By the airport
Member since Sep 2022
405 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:28 am to
Yer welcome to throw your designs out there and be the change you'd like to see. I agree with you about older architecture generally being more attractive, but I don't consider the examples you posted to be good examples for "bland" architecture. Bland is a steel building with a vinyl banner for a sign. Those are subdued, minimalist designs because that's what people like and it's probably quick, cheap and easy to build.
Posted by Solo Cam
Member since Sep 2015
32624 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:28 am to
Because of cost. Materials are more expensive, there's more regulation than ever, labor is expensive and everything is about timelines.

If you can build it a little shittier but open 2 months earlier then business owners don't hesitate
Posted by funnystuff
Member since Nov 2012
8320 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:31 am to


Maybe just replace “human” with “American”
Posted by GregMaddux
LSU Fan
Member since Jun 2011
18209 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:31 am to
This is beautiful. We are lucky to have so many of them.

Posted by Hangover Haven
Metry
Member since Oct 2013
26420 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:31 am to
quote:

Yer welcome to throw your designs out there and be the change you'd like to see.


I'm not an architect so I have no knowledge on building standards and types, same as I'm not a dress designer, but I do know what looks good and what looks like pure shite.
Posted by kciDAtaE
Member since Apr 2017
15674 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:35 am to
Bc no cares to put time, money, energy in designing fast food restaurants. Focus on the stadiums being built around the country and you will have a different perspective
Posted by Hangover Haven
Metry
Member since Oct 2013
26420 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:36 am to
quote:

Focus on the stadiums being built around the country and you will have a different perspective


You're right about that... However, how often do you see NFL stadiums in a day?
Posted by kciDAtaE
Member since Apr 2017
15674 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:44 am to
Quite often…at least stadiums in general. I live in Houston with several stadiums and I watch a lot of sports. So I see them on tv consistently.
Posted by Lima Whiskey
Member since Apr 2013
19086 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:44 am to
There’s a lot of classic American excitement in your examples. You can see our optimism in those restaurants.


After WW2 we stopped using beauty as a principle in design, and embraced ugliness. I’m guessing this is connected. Most modern designs are visibly oppressive and appear designed to depress everyone who has the misfortune of being in and around them. These buildings don’t inspire any positive emotions. They put you on edge instead.
This post was edited on 2/25/24 at 9:47 am
Posted by beerJeep
Louisiana
Member since Nov 2016
34935 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:47 am to
Brutalist architecture is meant to make you feel small and inadequate to the state.

It’s why a lot of govt buildings from the 50-80s have that shite sore style.

Brutalist. Not even once.
Posted by prplhze2000
Parts Unknown
Member since Jan 2007
51342 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:48 am to
McDonald's built a new restaurant in Flowood in early 2000's. Has the real arches in the old style.



and Mayor Mary made Sam's alter its design before she approved the permit.

This post was edited on 2/26/24 at 6:22 am
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