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Old August 23rd, 2005, 04:35 AM   #21
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commieblock-style and baroque
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Old August 27th, 2005, 10:10 AM   #22
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In my opinion, all styles are very good in their own way.

What I hate with a passion is buildings with a style that does not fit, for example, a greek styled chinese history museum, or a ancient chinese styled world trade center, or a international style house for an owner who likes brutalism.
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Old August 27th, 2005, 10:15 PM   #23
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List of Least Favourites

1. Brutalism tops the list of my least favourite: there isn't much aesthetic to gray concrete already, and the uniform shapes and angular designs just make it that much harsher.

Robarts Library in Toronto (U of Toronto campus) is the archetype of the ugliness of brutalism (and try to use that space -- the triangular corners, the depressing dimness due to lack of natural light -- total prison-like atmosphere).

However, I am willing to soften a bit and accept brutalism if there are good functional arguments, good layout, and a reason for Zen-like austerity: I do like the Salk Institute near San Diego for all the foregoing reasons.

2. Neo-Classical (of the 80s and today)

To me, it is a pretentious marketing ploy because it is trying to imitate the "timeless classic" of yesteryears with updated structures and designs. And it just screams lack of imagination. Actually, more new condos fall into this category than office towers.

3. International Style of Mies van der Rohe.

I think this style was well-intentioned, and for its time, it was high tech and efficient. Unfortunately I don't think it stood well over time -- mainly because it was easy to copy so everyone did it, and thus all the city downtowns around the world start to look the same.

Toronto is probably the worst example of how this me-too international style just overran the downtown so that it looks like "Anytown" in the first world. The problem is not just confined to Toronto -- midtown Manhattan, New York is full of these non-descript buildings.

4. Commieblocks / Suburbia

Which brings us to the identical commieblocks and suburbia when it comes to boring repetitiveness. The distinction is that Commieblocks are high rise, while the Suburbia I am talking about are single family homes in a North American housing development packed together but are nevertheless identical.

I find them dehumanizing and soulless.

I understand the economics of repetition (in the Communist countries, I suppose ideology of classlessness was also a factor). But there must be ways to recycle design in a mixed way neighbourhood way -- repeat the tower 1 km away and in the current block mix it with varied high and low rises ; do not repeat the blocks.

Actually zoning laws can deal with this problem -- just prohibit it and force some imagination on the developers.

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Old August 27th, 2005, 11:07 PM   #24
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i dont hate any styles at all, i respect, appreciate and like all styles. our cities would not be the same without either one of the styles that make them.
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But I have to admit, Brutalist isn't the prettiest.:p
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Old August 28th, 2005, 12:22 AM   #26
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Look at paris 60s 70s towers structure
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Old August 28th, 2005, 06:43 AM   #27
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60s-70s style in Spain, Franco era.
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Old August 30th, 2005, 06:10 PM   #28
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They look like naked towers. I could see the building skeletons.
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Old August 30th, 2005, 06:17 PM   #29
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Although I'm trying to like it, brutalism can be very ugly.
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Walt Disney style architecture. Also the most of the Post Modern era i dislike. Also i hate the most of the retro styled buildings today (skyscrapes or houses which are build today but look like old castles, churches etc).
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Old September 2nd, 2005, 08:33 AM   #31
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i hate repititon buildings so-called "clones"
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Deconstructivism... self-indulgent architecture at its worst!

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Old September 2nd, 2005, 10:16 PM   #33
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IMHO commie blocks belong to brutalism, a kind of cheap end of this style.
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 01:24 AM   #34
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I wonder what the interiors are like for that Tokyo building
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 02:20 AM   #35
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This is probably a stupid comment, but IMO the majority of buildings fit into a "no architectural style category" where it appears to be designed 100% utilitarian and 0% esthetic, like the metal sheds in people's back yards. Maybe this is "modern", but it is similar to "naive" painting, where the artist had no idea of previous or current styles. The other is financial, "build the box for the least money, nevermind what it looks like". I think the latter is the force that leads to the epidemic of ugly buildings.
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 09:15 PM   #36
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Brutalism, and Po-Mo monstrosities (like the pink glass Cathedral bldg in Montreal).
I am also leary of some current novelty designs that seem to be trying too hard...
The Gherkin springs to mind, and much of what is being built in Asia. They will become
dated looking very quickly.
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 10:50 PM   #37
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Not all brutalism buildings are bad...some of the examples found in Belgrade and Eastern Europe are more distinguishable and can be quite nice like the Genex Building (IMHO). The ones that I hate are the ones mainly found in NA which are simply plain concrete boxes.

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Do anyone know any resource on the literal classification of skyscrapers?
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