|Zip! Zap! And a token curve thrown in too.|
I applaud this trend because the prior "approved" styles were stodgy artifacts of a dusty past. (In most cases, a past not even connected to American history or mores.) Modern architecture encourages innovation and lends itself to new technologies, materials, energy efficiency, and sustainability. However, I can't help being concerned about the slap-dash manner in which much of the new modern is designed. Modern architecture ought to be about exciting new spaces and clarity of purpose. But a lot of it is different solely for the sake of being different. It does not emerge from a coherent philosophy. In particular, I'm referring to architecture that is jarring and lacks composure. I call it Zip Zap architecture.
Zip Zap is a cartoon version of architecture. It is made of askew geometry and a jumble of materials that bear some resemblance to mid-century modern icons without their sense of originality and dignity. Too much of this will taint the whole idea of doing anything modern. Come on, young architects; get your act together with something a little more thoughtful. Thank you.