Before you start thinking that this is going to be a “let’s bash America post”, think again. You won’t find that here; I love this big lug of a country. But, one thing that really disappoints me is our architecture, or lack there of. Yes, our architecture is the one thing I choose to bitch about.
If I had to choose another job, something other than web development, I would have been an architect. I love design and I love architecture. When I build a website, I am very meticulous and am very attentive to all aspects of details. So when I see new buildings going up around town and they look like boxes with windows it just sickens me.
The problem is the entire paradigm in which things get built in America. Most commercial and residential buildings are built by the people that said they could get the job done fastest and for the least amount of money. With that as your driving force you will never get something like the Blue Mosque or Neuschwantein Castle.
If your goal is to get it up as quickly as possible and for the least amount of money then you will get boxes with windows. I realize that the 1st bank on the corner can’t look like the Blue Mosque, but couldn’t we shoot for something aesthetically pleasing? Shouldn’t we?
Shouldn’t our goal be to make the community around us as nice as possible? Don’t we all want to live in a beautiful area? So then why do they build housing communities with no parks? A couple of years ago they put in a community swimming pool in my area; very nice, but they didn’t put in any trees around the pool so you could get out of the sun. Nor did they put in a volleyball net. They simply built the pool for the least amount of money with no extra frills.
And what about the architects? These poor guys went to college and I’m sure had dreams and aspirations of building something great, something beautiful, something they could be proud of and say, ‘that is great and I designed it.’ Only now, they have to take jobs that have little budgets and forced to get the job done ASAP.
I know if someone made me build websites that were crap I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning; I would hate my job.
Look, I would gladly pay higher taxes if it meant a better community in which to live.
For your enjoyment, some of the world’s great architectural marvels: