humansofnewyork:

"I’m an architect, and I’ve designed buildings all over the world. Every time I get a commission in an emerging market, I get excited about the opportunity to draw from the country’s heritage, culture, and art. But the client never wants it. They all want the same thing: ‘modern style, modern style, modern style.’ Everything has to be high and glassy. It’s almost as if everyone wants to hide their differences. It’s boring."

Mmmmm ok. Two thoughts:
1. If clients want their building to reflect their country’s heritage, maybe they will bring their project to a local architect who’s familiar with their heritage/visual traditions instead of white guys in their 60s at New York-based firms
2. There are ways to design a modern, high, glassy building that also draws on vernacular design elements. Case in point: the stepped pagoda design and Ruyi elements on Taipei 101 and the stellate shape of the Petronas Towers, which is based on Islamic iconography. These are not obscure examples. 

humansofnewyork:

"I’m an architect, and I’ve designed buildings all over the world. Every time I get a commission in an emerging market, I get excited about the opportunity to draw from the country’s heritage, culture, and art. But the client never wants it. They all want the same thing: ‘modern style, modern style, modern style.’ Everything has to be high and glassy. It’s almost as if everyone wants to hide their differences. It’s boring."

Mmmmm ok. Two thoughts:

1. If clients want their building to reflect their country’s heritage, maybe they will bring their project to a local architect who’s familiar with their heritage/visual traditions instead of white guys in their 60s at New York-based firms

2. There are ways to design a modern, high, glassy building that also draws on vernacular design elements. Case in point: the stepped pagoda design and Ruyi elements on Taipei 101 and the stellate shape of the Petronas Towers, which is based on Islamic iconography. These are not obscure examples. 

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@2 weeks ago with 7985 notes
#architecture #ugh 

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@2 months ago with 44063 notes
#Piet Mondrian #architecture 
whitenoten:

calais, france

whitenoten:

calais, france

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@4 months ago with 167 notes
#architecture 
untitledvolume1:

Thomas Prior

untitledvolume1:

Thomas Prior

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@6 months ago with 99 notes
#art #photography #architecture 
Sitges, Spain

Sitges, Spain

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@7 months ago with 8795 notes
#architecture #Sitges 
dreamtravelspots:

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

dreamtravelspots:

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

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@11 months ago with 16 notes
#San Juan #architecture #cities #Puerto Rico 
wanderingnewyork:

Windows and facades in Clinton Hill.

wanderingnewyork:

Windows and facades in Clinton Hill.

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@1 month ago with 153 notes
#Brooklyn #New York #architecture 
wanderingnewyork:

Houses in North Crown Heights.

wanderingnewyork:

Houses in North Crown Heights.

@4 months ago with 32 notes
#my hood! #Brooklyn #New York #architecture 
travelthisworld:

Strana
Prague, Czech Republic | by JMartinC

New York is home but Prague is my dream city.

travelthisworld:

Strana

Prague, Czech Republic | by JMartinC

New York is home but Prague is my dream city.

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@5 months ago with 2572 notes
#Prague #architecture 
I want to live like Solange.

I want to live like Solange.

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@6 months ago with 3203 notes
#Solange #architecture #cities 

nnmprv:

Tama Art University Library. Photos by Scott Norsworthy.

@11 months ago with 82 notes
#Japan #architecture 
danpoharyskyiillustration:

Drawing of New Yorks ‘Woolworth Building’. Built in 1913 in a flamboyant Gothic style it was the tallest building in the world until 1930. Seen here soaring high above the other buildings around it and dominating the skyline beyond the Brooklyn Bridge. 

Sometimes I see the Woolworth Building from attorney’s office windows and get really distracted while they’re talking to me.

danpoharyskyiillustration:

Drawing of New Yorks ‘Woolworth Building’. Built in 1913 in a flamboyant Gothic style it was the tallest building in the world until 1930. Seen here soaring high above the other buildings around it and dominating the skyline beyond the Brooklyn Bridge. 

Sometimes I see the Woolworth Building from attorney’s office windows and get really distracted while they’re talking to me.

@1 year ago with 6357 notes
#New York #architecture #bridges #art 
humansofnewyork:

"I’m an architect, and I’ve designed buildings all over the world. Every time I get a commission in an emerging market, I get excited about the opportunity to draw from the country’s heritage, culture, and art. But the client never wants it. They all want the same thing: ‘modern style, modern style, modern style.’ Everything has to be high and glassy. It’s almost as if everyone wants to hide their differences. It’s boring."

Mmmmm ok. Two thoughts:
1. If clients want their building to reflect their country’s heritage, maybe they will bring their project to a local architect who’s familiar with their heritage/visual traditions instead of white guys in their 60s at New York-based firms
2. There are ways to design a modern, high, glassy building that also draws on vernacular design elements. Case in point: the stepped pagoda design and Ruyi elements on Taipei 101 and the stellate shape of the Petronas Towers, which is based on Islamic iconography. These are not obscure examples. 
2 weeks ago
#architecture #ugh 
wanderingnewyork:

Windows and facades in Clinton Hill.
1 month ago
#Brooklyn #New York #architecture 
2 months ago
#Piet Mondrian #architecture 
wanderingnewyork:

Houses in North Crown Heights.
4 months ago
#my hood! #Brooklyn #New York #architecture 
whitenoten:

calais, france
4 months ago
#architecture 
travelthisworld:

Strana
Prague, Czech Republic | by JMartinC

New York is home but Prague is my dream city.
5 months ago
#Prague #architecture 
untitledvolume1:

Thomas Prior
6 months ago
#art #photography #architecture 
I want to live like Solange.
6 months ago
#Solange #architecture #cities 
Sitges, Spain
7 months ago
#architecture #Sitges 
11 months ago
#Japan #architecture 
dreamtravelspots:

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
11 months ago
#San Juan #architecture #cities #Puerto Rico 
danpoharyskyiillustration:

Drawing of New Yorks ‘Woolworth Building’. Built in 1913 in a flamboyant Gothic style it was the tallest building in the world until 1930. Seen here soaring high above the other buildings around it and dominating the skyline beyond the Brooklyn Bridge. 

Sometimes I see the Woolworth Building from attorney’s office windows and get really distracted while they’re talking to me.
1 year ago
#New York #architecture #bridges #art