Friday, November 23, 2007

Architectural Wonders?

photo Peter Farrel/Miami Herald
So, how do you like this architecture?
Striking
So What
Cold
Nasty
Interesting
Innovative
Historical
Playful
Connected
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These bare concrete buildings started appearing in the late 1950s and had their strongest influence in the '60s to '70s They had the benefit of low maintenance and straightforward construction techniques that allowed for unusual shapes. These buildings are beginning to reach 50 years of age which is where as architect Jan Hochstim told The Miami Herald

"The problem is, we get attached to buildings that are more than 50 years old. Until that time, no one pays attention to them.''

Some people call them concrete monsters, some people find them excellent buildings finely executed. Since I have such an eclectic readership of unsurpassed quality I thought I'd have you make a judgement.

Oh, don't worry you won't bring on wrecking balls or historical societies...

4 comments:

Steve said...

This locked my computer up

KISS said...

Frank Lloyd Wright used concrete a lot in hi designs. Too bad he didn't how to keep the roofs from leaking.
Architects of this day think 50 years is 10 more years than the building should stand.
I also enjoy the " Free Form" concrete buildings that were a spin off of Bucky's geodesic domes.

Anonymous said...

To coin a phrase, "The material is immaterial."

As far as Kiss's contention that "architects of this day think 50 years is 10 years more than the building should stand," a stunning number of major structures in American cities should never have been built in the first place.

Chuck Butcher said...

I just let it go, the houses I build will last over 100 years with minor upkeep.