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re: Why is Architecture so Bland Today?

Posted on 2/25/24 at 10:46 am to
Posted by fallguy_1978
Best States #50
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Posted on 2/25/24 at 10:46 am to
Yeah that Soviet bloc housing was something special

Posted by jimmy the leg
Member since Aug 2007
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Posted on 2/25/24 at 10:57 am to
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Yeah that Soviet bloc housing was something special


Architorture.
Posted by drexyl
Mingovia
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Posted on 2/25/24 at 10:57 am to
We used to be a proper country
Posted by TigerFanatic99
South Bend, Indiana
Member since Jan 2007
27469 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 1:15 pm to
Art (which includes architecture) is a reflection of the culture that produced it. Humanity has been on the decline as a species for some time now.
Posted by Lima Whiskey
Member since Apr 2013
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Posted on 2/25/24 at 2:00 pm to
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Quite the opposite. Brutalism and modernism trace their roots back to the Soviet Union. Architecture schools are often the most liberal of technical fields in higher education.



It actually predates the Soviet Union, and emerges in Europe and the US at the same time. Frank Loyd Wright is an early example.
This post was edited on 2/25/24 at 2:02 pm
Posted by Lima Whiskey
Member since Apr 2013
19085 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 2:03 pm to
Drafting tools are one of the problems, and the fact we no longer use our hands to draw our designs.
This post was edited on 2/25/24 at 2:13 pm
Posted by La Place Mike
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Posted on 2/25/24 at 2:22 pm to
It's modern Brutalism.
Posted by JohnnyKilroy
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Member since Oct 2012
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Posted on 2/25/24 at 2:25 pm to
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It's a combination of short term profits dominating corporate America and government regulations.


So capitalism?



Commie shitholes having dogshit architecture has literally zero bearing on whether or not efficient capitalism ends up producing bland, boring, cost effective and safe designs.


Posted by Clockwatcher68
Youngsville
Member since May 2006
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Posted on 2/25/24 at 2:37 pm to
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Capitalism always steers itself towards the blah.


In relation to what?
Posted by Box Geauxrilla
Member since Jun 2013
19116 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 2:46 pm to
P. Terry’s in Austin is still building and they keep that old school look in their new locations









Posted by JohnnyKilroy
Cajun Navy Vice Admiral
Member since Oct 2012
35286 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 8:01 pm to
P terry’s food is mid at best but their store architecture is amazing. All same theme but no two are exactly alike.

They sell a burger for like 2 bucks and it tastes like it costs 2 bucks.
Posted by CajunAlum Tiger Fan
The Great State of Louisiana
Member since Jan 2008
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Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:30 pm to

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Yeah that Soviet bloc housing was something special


So was Chicago

Posted by Auburn80
Backwater, TN
Member since Nov 2017
7480 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:58 pm to
Old school fast food didn’t have drive thru’s so that helped.
Posted by NoSaint
Member since Jun 2011
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Posted on 2/25/24 at 10:02 pm to
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Because of cost. Materials are more expensive, there's more regulation than ever, labor is expensive and everything is about timelines.


Also, I can’t imagine all those pizza huts were great to sell when they went out of business. Being a bit more non-descript has back end value too.
Posted by LemmyLives
Texas
Member since Mar 2019
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Posted on 2/25/24 at 10:12 pm to
You can also see shite like that in the Bronx.
Posted by LemmyLives
Texas
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Posted on 2/25/24 at 10:12 pm to
Where do I insert tokens for additional likes?
Posted by LemmyLives
Texas
Member since Mar 2019
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Posted on 2/25/24 at 10:13 pm to
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make you feel small and inadequate to the state.


You sir, are getting beers, if we ever cross paths.
Posted by AUbagman
LA
Member since Jun 2014
10561 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 11:20 pm to
Me architect, me design box as cheaply as possible; Me contractor, me build box slightly cheaper than other contractor, me build box over and over again quicker each time.
Posted by LemmyLives
Texas
Member since Mar 2019
6403 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 11:29 pm to
Yay, someone mentioned Austin, and their ability to stay open due to tech and lobbyist money.
Posted by dchog
Pea ridge
Member since Nov 2012
21128 posts
Posted on 2/26/24 at 12:13 am to
The Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock looks like a mobile home. Very fitting for our first white trash president.
This post was edited on 2/26/24 at 12:15 am
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