5238 - Contemporary VI

Has Architecture ever been better? The blog post I mentioned, bemoaned how the great architecture of the early 20th century had been torn down and replaced with … this.

To make the point, they showed a few images from a hundred years ago. You see a very broad boulevard with trees, tramways and some cars. The houses are smaller, in the typical style of the time, and they seem to have shops and restaurants. A few people are on the street. Everything looks populated and in use.

The difference in architectural style is not the problem. High-rise glass buildings can be ok. What really has changed is the purpose of being there. The broad boulevard of then has become a river of cars. There are no cafés and no restaurants, no trees and no free space. It’s a place where you go when you must, and there is no reason to stay any longer than you need to.