History DeaderThanDisco / Architecture

20th May '16 10:37:39 AM Jhonny
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* Very close to everything associated with "car friendly" cities. Be it urban highways on stilts, urban highways in any form at all, pedestrian underpasses, gigantic parking garages or plazas that are just a vast swath of bare concrete. Sure they may still be found in some cities, but hardly any serious architect (let alone any mayor that wants to get reelected) still proposes to build stuff like that.
31st Mar '16 6:52:10 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* Utopian architecture boomed in the first two-thirds of the 20th century, when architects and futurists of every political stripe and cultural outlook sought to find a way to "reengineer the city" in a manner more conductive to progress towards an envisioned utopian society. Among the more famous proposals were Frank Lloyd Wright's "Broadacre City" that served as a blueprint for postwar {{suburbia}}, Paolo Soleri's {{arcolog|y}}ies, Creator/WaltDisney's original "Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow" (which later evolved into [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disney World]]), and Le Corbusier's unrealized "Plan Voisin" for central UsefulNotes/{{Paris}} and his more successful plan for Chandigarh, UsefulNotes/{{India}}. These designs fell out of favor in TheSeventies as a new generation of urban planners criticized them for ignoring the human inhabitants of cities, trying to force them into the architect's vision instead of designing cities around their needs. Today, this sort of utopianism is rarely seen within serious study of architecture and urban planning. It has made a minor comeback among environmentalists seeking to build sustainable alternatives to car-focused urban centers, but beyond that, it's been mostly relegated to the realms of science fiction and [[{{Zeerust}} retro-future kitsch]].
26th May '15 4:49:02 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''ArtNouveau'' style had appeared practically overnight and flourished [[TheEdwardianEra throughout the early 1900s]], swept Europe from end to end, and died just before UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, never to be fully revived but rather to influence and evolve into Art Deco. It remained so different than either its immediate predecessors or modern styles that in Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy of the 2000s it has been chosen to depict Elven architecture, [[AlienArtsAreAppreciated specifically because they were supposed to be different from Men in tastes and way of thinking]]. [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] notes that "... it was inspired by natural forms and structures, not only in flowers and plants but also in curved lines", which would also fit nicely with the perception of Elves as more in tune with nature.

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* ''ArtNouveau'' ''UsefulNotes/ArtNouveau'' style had appeared practically overnight and flourished [[TheEdwardianEra throughout the early 1900s]], swept Europe from end to end, and died just before UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, never to be fully revived but rather to influence and evolve into Art Deco. It remained so different than either its immediate predecessors or modern styles that in Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy of the 2000s it has been chosen to depict Elven architecture, [[AlienArtsAreAppreciated specifically because they were supposed to be different from Men in tastes and way of thinking]]. [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] notes that "... it was inspired by natural forms and structures, not only in flowers and plants but also in curved lines", which would also fit nicely with the perception of Elves as more in tune with nature.
24th Apr '15 1:40:10 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* Brutalist archetecture, as explained in [[http://gizmodo.com/7-endangered-examples-of-the-most-hated-architectural-s-1636643535 this article]]. Buildings in this style were designed so that form followed function, their few windows and tons of unfinished concrete often making them look like fortresses, and they were indeed very durable and cheap to build, leading to the proliferation of brutalist structures in urban centers and on university campuses in the 1960s and '70s. However, while modernist structures from that same time period are still beloved today, brutalist structures aren't. For many people, they evoked the image of flood channels and highway overpasses, and before long they came to be seen as blights on the landscape. Furthermore, while they were easy to build and keep standing, keeping them looking decent was a different story altogether, as unfinished concrete has a tendency to crack and stain very easily, especially in humid climates. Finally, the proliferation of brutalist structures in the Eastern Bloc gave the style an indelible association with Soviet-style communism; many dystopian sci-fi films from the '70s and '80s used such buildings as symbols of the oppressive regime. Nowadays, "brutalist" is often used a synonym for any ugly concrete building or public space, and few people still defend the style.
22nd Feb '15 3:31:37 AM jormis29
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* The "[=McMansion=]" style, with its soaring ceilings, open plans, enormous rooms, and enough square footage to comfortably hold [[Series/NineteenKidsAndCounting one of those]] [[TableForTwelve huge families from a]] Creator/{{TLC}} [[JonAndKatePlusEight reality show]], was an incredibly popular style of American home construction from the late 20th century up through around 2005-07. But in the wake of the late '00s recession, those same attributes made the costs of heating and cooling them prohibitive for a great many people. The fact that most [=McMansions=] were built in exurbs located up to an hour's drive or more from the nearest major city -- and where land was cheap enough to put them within financial reach of people who weren't named Trump or Kardashian -- also hurt them when gasoline stopped being cheap. (Such exurbs themselves often found themselves going from {{boom town}}s to {{dying town}}s virtually overnight.) Finally, [=McMansions=] made up a majority of the houses foreclosed upon during the subprime mortgage crash, as their sheer size often made them too expensive for most people to purchase without a loan.

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* The "[=McMansion=]" style, with its soaring ceilings, open plans, enormous rooms, and enough square footage to comfortably hold [[Series/NineteenKidsAndCounting one of those]] [[TableForTwelve [[Series/TableFor12 huge families from a]] Creator/{{TLC}} [[JonAndKatePlusEight reality show]], was an incredibly popular style of American home construction from the late 20th century up through around 2005-07. But in the wake of the late '00s recession, those same attributes made the costs of heating and cooling them prohibitive for a great many people. The fact that most [=McMansions=] were built in exurbs located up to an hour's drive or more from the nearest major city -- and where land was cheap enough to put them within financial reach of people who weren't named Trump or Kardashian -- also hurt them when gasoline stopped being cheap. (Such exurbs themselves often found themselves going from {{boom town}}s to {{dying town}}s virtually overnight.) Finally, [=McMansions=] made up a majority of the houses foreclosed upon during the subprime mortgage crash, as their sheer size often made them too expensive for most people to purchase without a loan.
6th Jul '14 8:20:31 PM Willbyr
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* The "[=McMansion=]" style, with its soaring ceilings, open plans, enormous rooms, and enough square footage to comfortably hold [[NineteenKidsAndCounting one of those]] [[TableForTwelve huge families from a]] Creator/{{TLC}} [[JonAndKatePlusEight reality show]], was an incredibly popular style of American home construction from the late 20th century up through around 2005-07. But in the wake of the late '00s recession, those same attributes made the costs of heating and cooling them prohibitive for a great many people. The fact that most [=McMansions=] were built in exurbs located up to an hour's drive or more from the nearest major city -- and where land was cheap enough to put them within financial reach of people who weren't named Trump or Kardashian -- also hurt them when gasoline stopped being cheap. (Such exurbs themselves often found themselves going from {{boom town}}s to {{dying town}}s virtually overnight.) Finally, [=McMansions=] made up a majority of the houses foreclosed upon during the subprime mortgage crash, as their sheer size often made them too expensive for most people to purchase without a loan.

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* The "[=McMansion=]" style, with its soaring ceilings, open plans, enormous rooms, and enough square footage to comfortably hold [[NineteenKidsAndCounting [[Series/NineteenKidsAndCounting one of those]] [[TableForTwelve huge families from a]] Creator/{{TLC}} [[JonAndKatePlusEight reality show]], was an incredibly popular style of American home construction from the late 20th century up through around 2005-07. But in the wake of the late '00s recession, those same attributes made the costs of heating and cooling them prohibitive for a great many people. The fact that most [=McMansions=] were built in exurbs located up to an hour's drive or more from the nearest major city -- and where land was cheap enough to put them within financial reach of people who weren't named Trump or Kardashian -- also hurt them when gasoline stopped being cheap. (Such exurbs themselves often found themselves going from {{boom town}}s to {{dying town}}s virtually overnight.) Finally, [=McMansions=] made up a majority of the houses foreclosed upon during the subprime mortgage crash, as their sheer size often made them too expensive for most people to purchase without a loan.
11th Jan '14 12:47:30 PM LongLiveHumour
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* ''ArtNouveau'' style had appeared practically overnight and flourished [[TheEdwardianEra throughout the early 1900s]], swept Europe from end to end, and died just before WorldWarOne, never to be fully revived but rather to influence and evolve into Art Deco. It remained so different than either its immediate predecessors or modern styles that in Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy of the 2000s it has been chosen to depict Elven architecture, [[AlienArtsAreAppreciated specifically because they were supposed to be different from Men in tastes and way of thinking]]. [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] notes that "... it was inspired by natural forms and structures, not only in flowers and plants but also in curved lines", which would also fit nicely with the perception of Elves as more in tune with nature.
* ArtDeco (Art Moderne during the 1920s), with its symmetrical and futuristic designs, was popular and widespread throughout the world during TheRoaringTwenties and the 1930s, influencing everything from skyscrapers to furniture to fashion. After the [[TheGreatDepression Depression]] lifted during the late 30s and as WorldWarII broke out, it declined, and its style didn't help out much during the war. During the 1960s, it was revived due to a resurgence of interest.

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* ''ArtNouveau'' style had appeared practically overnight and flourished [[TheEdwardianEra throughout the early 1900s]], swept Europe from end to end, and died just before WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, never to be fully revived but rather to influence and evolve into Art Deco. It remained so different than either its immediate predecessors or modern styles that in Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy of the 2000s it has been chosen to depict Elven architecture, [[AlienArtsAreAppreciated specifically because they were supposed to be different from Men in tastes and way of thinking]]. [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] notes that "... it was inspired by natural forms and structures, not only in flowers and plants but also in curved lines", which would also fit nicely with the perception of Elves as more in tune with nature.
* ArtDeco (Art Moderne during the 1920s), with its symmetrical and futuristic designs, was popular and widespread throughout the world during TheRoaringTwenties and the 1930s, influencing everything from skyscrapers to furniture to fashion. After the [[TheGreatDepression Depression]] lifted during the late 30s and as WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII broke out, it declined, and its style didn't help out much during the war. During the 1960s, it was revived due to a resurgence of interest.



* Mid-20th Century Modern (often jokingly referred to as "Brady Bunch Architecture") was derided for many decades. Only in very recent times has it begun to be admired. It had been invented and perfected throughout an age which barely escaped from WorldWarOne to plunge itself [[WorldWarII in another war]], an age that struggled with either mass poverty of the Great Depression or simply poverty during the Civil Rights clashes, where the cleanly designed majestic buildings were aimed to create a sense of hope - they came [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture right from the future]] as people envisioned it. Not incidentally, in the form derived from ArtDeco above, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff they were enormously popular]] throughout the Eastern Bloc and newly-decolonized countries, where [[MemeticMutation they came to be derided as]] "[[JosefStalin Stalinist]] [[MemeticMutation Architecture]]". A lesser known fact is the country which admires it most and fights to implement it wherever possible is North Korea -- [[CrapsackWorld easy to guess why]]. Once the people began to realize the gigantic glass areas are very poor heat insulators and climate control systems built with no regard to environmental advantages are terrible energy eaters, the style began to subtly change to incorporate modern materials and building techniques.

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* Mid-20th Century Modern (often jokingly referred to as "Brady Bunch Architecture") was derided for many decades. Only in very recent times has it begun to be admired. It had been invented and perfected throughout an age which barely escaped from WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne to plunge itself [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in another war]], an age that struggled with either mass poverty of the Great Depression or simply poverty during the Civil Rights clashes, where the cleanly designed majestic buildings were aimed to create a sense of hope - they came [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture right from the future]] as people envisioned it. Not incidentally, in the form derived from ArtDeco above, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff they were enormously popular]] throughout the Eastern Bloc and newly-decolonized countries, where [[MemeticMutation they came to be derided as]] "[[JosefStalin Stalinist]] [[MemeticMutation Architecture]]". A lesser known fact is the country which admires it most and fights to implement it wherever possible is North Korea -- [[CrapsackWorld easy to guess why]]. Once the people began to realize the gigantic glass areas are very poor heat insulators and climate control systems built with no regard to environmental advantages are terrible energy eaters, the style began to subtly change to incorporate modern materials and building techniques.
30th Dec '13 1:00:17 PM woodwardiocom
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** A ''New Yorker'' cartoon circa 1980 says, "Do you realize we're living through the second time people got tired of Art Deco?"
18th Dec '13 5:42:01 AM Nautilus1
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* Mid-20th Century Modern (often jokingly referred to as "Brady Bunch Architecture") was derided for many decades. Only in very recent times has it begun to be admired. It had been invented and perfected throughout an age which barely escaped from WorldWarOne to plunge itself [[WorldWarII in another war]], an age that struggled with either mass poverty of the Great Depression or simply poverty during the Civil Rights clashes, where the cleanly designed majestic buildings were aimed to create a sense of hope - they came [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture right from the future]] as people envisioned it. Not incidentally, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff they were enormously popular]] throughout the Eastern Bloc and newly-decolonized countries. A lesser known fact is the country which admires it most and fights to implement it wherever possible is North Korea -- [[CrapsackWorld easy to guess why]]. Once the people began to realize the gigantic glass areas are very poor heat insulators and climate control systems built with no regard to environmental advantages are terrible energy eaters, the style began to subtly change to incorporate modern materials and building techniques.

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* Mid-20th Century Modern (often jokingly referred to as "Brady Bunch Architecture") was derided for many decades. Only in very recent times has it begun to be admired. It had been invented and perfected throughout an age which barely escaped from WorldWarOne to plunge itself [[WorldWarII in another war]], an age that struggled with either mass poverty of the Great Depression or simply poverty during the Civil Rights clashes, where the cleanly designed majestic buildings were aimed to create a sense of hope - they came [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture right from the future]] as people envisioned it. Not incidentally, in the form derived from ArtDeco above, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff they were enormously popular]] throughout the Eastern Bloc and newly-decolonized countries.countries, where [[MemeticMutation they came to be derided as]] "[[JosefStalin Stalinist]] [[MemeticMutation Architecture]]". A lesser known fact is the country which admires it most and fights to implement it wherever possible is North Korea -- [[CrapsackWorld easy to guess why]]. Once the people began to realize the gigantic glass areas are very poor heat insulators and climate control systems built with no regard to environmental advantages are terrible energy eaters, the style began to subtly change to incorporate modern materials and building techniques.
26th Jul '13 8:24:05 AM DynamicDragon
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