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Old January 17th, 2013, 11:17 PM   #81
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Your kind of thinking gets us something like Sagrada Família which I find quite ugly. Our Lady of Walsingham is not as boring as a modern glass box because of the materials and the scale. It's "solid" and appears to be hewn from something that came out of the earth. The details are human scale.

I believe in working within a certain set of orders and traditions. In doing so we honor our history and our culture.
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Old January 19th, 2013, 12:17 AM   #82
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Old February 12th, 2013, 02:10 AM   #83
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Honestly.. To me this architecture is just as boring as any modern box, even more lifeless maybe, because it seems to deny life as it exists today.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a "modernist". I think classic ornaments and references to any style of architecture should not be taboo. I actually love most eclecticism. But "traditionalism" is like a dead end, It doesn't allow creativity and the effort to create something unique. I think a good building has an individual character and expression, beautiful in the way it bends the space around it and creates visual tension and movement. Even ornament could contribute to a unique, great building, when used in an appropriate manner.

Well I guess for some people it could feel "comfortable" in a way. Nothing new, all familiar, not asking for any visual attention, since visually there's really nothing interesting about it. It's nothing more than "decent" and "clean".
I think you have a valid point here (though I don't agree that these buildings are lifeless) but also I think it's a mistake to think that any new building should necessarilly have specific "visual attention" within it's environment. It is exactly this argument that has been used by many modernists to impose their egotistical ideas and create something totally out of place with absolutely no respect for its location. How often have we seen a beautiful environment ruined by just one or two totally inappropriate banalites or monstrosities just so they can gain attention. The problem today is that there are too few really talented architects who have the vision to incorporate traditional styles and materials within a contemporary style and make it work. There is a place for new buildings such as those on this site and the architects should be applauded for their efforts, it is at least a sign that maybe we will get something original and beautiful out of this revivalist fashion.
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A lot of really good neotraditionalist stuff gets posted over at the New Buildings Built in Traditional Architecture Style thread - such as:

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Old March 27th, 2013, 04:15 PM   #85
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Sometimes the line between kitsch and noblesse is crossed, sadly.
But still, the New Urbanism in many of these projects is way better than anything modernists came up with so far.

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There's probably a new "town center" style of outdoor mall in every big city in America by now. Here's one in Houston:




And there's probably a new urbanist "row house" style subdivision in every big city in America by now as well. Here's one just steps from the outdoor mall shown above:




Here's a new subdivision in suburban Dallas built to look like a traditional Croatian village:




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And it's not just Mormon churches. Here's a Methodist church:



And while custom-built homes have always indulged a variety of traditional styles, the newer ones seem to be even richer in details than ever. The influence of Lord of the Rings seems to be strong.



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College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA

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I have seen a Baptist Church being built in my neighborhood in a plain classicist style Its amazing imposing once you see even the wooden structure itself with its high roofs. I will show pictures once completed
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I don't even know what to say. I wanna say that these buildings are just sooo ...middlebrow...and pedestrian

but I feel like it's middlebrow and pedestrian to even say that.

I'm itching to look at pictures of Dubai or Astana because I think even that sort of clueless kitsch is more relevant and interesting than this, the architectural equivalent of a closed-minded suburban republican
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And the ease that some people here have with dismissing some of the greatest minds in architecture's history is just so audacious. All in defense of some greige gated community filled with out of whack mini-chateaux de chambords
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Greige, in case you didn't know, is grey + beige
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And the ease that some people here have with dismissing some of the greatest minds in architecture's history is just so audacious. All in defense of some greige gated community filled with out of whack mini-chateaux de chambords
Gated community? I think greater mobility and more connected urban planning principles are espoused under new urbanist charters.
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Wow, talk about condescending.
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I don't even know what to say. I wanna say that these buildings are just sooo ...middlebrow...and pedestrian

but I feel like it's middlebrow and pedestrian to even say that.

I'm itching to look at pictures of Dubai or Astana because I think even that sort of clueless kitsch is more relevant and interesting than this, the architectural equivalent of a closed-minded suburban republican
If you think that arguing for dense, walkable, efficient, prosperous, picturesque and enjoyable urban places is a bad thing... well... then that is just your opinion.

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Stokes Hall, Boston College.


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Geil traditionalist residential project in New York City:

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Here is something a bit odd. It a Church of Scientology building that has been under construction for many years (began in 1998) and there is still no idea when it will be finished. Some have accused the church of fraud, drawing out construction to get more money from its followers. Shame that such a good building can't be put to better uses. The Florida Mediterranean Revival is great.


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Here is a rundown of some of the odd rooms found in the facility: http://politicalcrazyness.tumblr.com...ntologys-super
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