Among discernable trends in contemporary architecture, a salient one continues to be what might be called a “building-block” aesthetic. Despite radical increases in the efficiency of buildings – from the digital modeling that makes new modes of structural engineering possible to the LEED certificates that ratify credentials of environmental soundness – we seem, in the midst of these advances, to be witnessing an almost regressive aesthetic in the design of the buildings themselves. But what are the sources, meanings, and prospects for a contemporary look that appears to court nostalgia? Of course, as with so many things, we may be unable to see what lies before us: that these structures do, in fact, resemble a child’s playthings. Yet, to what end? In this essay, I take a closer look at some of these building-block buildings with an eye toward assessing and suggesting a reading of their significance.
Senses and Society
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