Modern Day Architecture

Modern Day Architecture

Have you read Scott Timberg’s article “The Architecture Meltdown” which appeared in Salon on February 4, 2012? It is creating quite a buzz. Timberg questions the direction architecture is taking after the crash of the housing market. Scott writes “for all its soaring lines and innovative solutions, architecture is exposed to the realities of the marketplace like few other fields: The surging sense of possibility that lasted through the ‘90s and the early 2000s flagged when the housing market crashed and turned the U.S. economy upside-down.”

But it isn’t all doom and gloom. According to the American Institute of Architects, there will be “a 2.1 percent rise in spending this year for non-residential construction projects.”

In summary, Timberg writes “People will always need houses, cities and nations will always need schools and libraries and civic buildings, and trendy restaurants will need redesigns. Architecture will never die completely: It’s existed as a calling, in various forms, at least since the medieval master builder…But overall, the state of architecture reflects the larger story of the creative class in the 21stcentury: Security and artistic freedom exist only for those who are independently wealthy.”

Do you agree with  Timberg or do you think there is hope for modern day architecture?

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