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  • 21st century architecture is better than earlier architecture
    2 (66.7%)
  • 21st century architecture is worse than earlier architecture
    1 (33.3%)
  • beer is better than either
    0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 3

Topic: 21st century architecture (Read 37605 times)

  • jax
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21st century architecture
Buildings say a lot about the builders and the people who elect to use them. What buildings of this century would you like to highlight and why? Which are the best? Which are the worst? Which are interesting, which are boring? Which ones probably wouldn't be made before or after? How will they affect the neighbourhood, how would they age?

What can we say about current architecture? What should we be quiet about? What are the hopes and fears?

  • jax
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Re: 21st century architecture
Reply #225
I liked the way he claimed to have built it, putting the house-in-construction on a trailer and driving it from the lots of one subcontractor to the next, there were around a hundred of them. That's obviously a slow, if cheap and interesting, mode of construction.

I don't know it would take future owners to construct such a house if IKEA made flatpacks of them, still quite some time I would imagine. A more likely scenario would be robotic pre-assembly.

  • Belfrager
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Re: 21st century architecture
Reply #226
A more likely scenario would be robotic pre-assembly.
When that happens, luxury houses will be made of stone, pure craftsmanship.
As houses have always been made this part of the globe.
A matter of attitude.

  • jax
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Re: 21st century architecture
Reply #227
I think we are getting close to the point where stone again is a cost-efficient building material. The problem with stone is not the material availability or cost, there are plenty stones, but that it is a less flexible material, and the labour cost is humongous.  Thus the prevalence of painted concrete, particularly for cheaper buildings.

Computer-cut stone in robot assembly could make up for these shortcomings.

  • jax
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Re: 21st century architecture
Reply #228
Another year, another series. BBC2 has one called The World's Most Extraordinary Homes. The first series had settings (Mountain, Forest, Coast, Underground). The second is organised by country. Mostly non-urban homes (often extremely much so), so that should please some here. 

Portugal
https://youtu.be/zZaxtn9XDRk

Switzerland

Japan
https://youtu.be/1qQ0O3_Ik8s

USA (all Florida)
https://youtu.be/GNtqCyIqRGU

Spain and India 

Norway
https://youtu.be/qTdlcWS-N0g

Israel
https://youtu.be/V4OMLNVoSxs

  • Belfrager
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Re: 21st century architecture
Reply #229
After the (empty) houses of some millionaires that Jax loves, I suggest:
Living Big in a Tiny House
(The series is too much American/British style....)

A matter of attitude.