Originally Posted by mhays
Fly over a city. Or look at what sells. Modern designs are a small fraction of the houses that get built.
I'm sure you're not suggesting that your anecdotal point of view is evidence?
I'm not suggesting an anecdotal point of view; I'm suggesting the opposite. There is no evidence to support any of the claims being made here. There has never been solid research conducted on architectural stylistic popularity. It's not even possible to produce such a report; for example, how would a researcher compensate for renters? Do multi-family buildings count as one 'buyer' or as one 'built?' How does one account for people who purchase a style they don't like out of need? How does one factor population density vs. stylistic popularity? And there are even more critical questions one needs to ask, like where do ranch houses fall? Are they modern or 'not-modern?' Are we accounting for different building types? I can guarantee you that for the factory/warehouse building type modernism slays non-modernism. As it does in commercial and agricultural uses. Most high density construction is 'modern' and to be honest I think the only category in which 'non-modern' has a chance is in the single unit residential category. But would one have to weigh all of these things differently in order to construct such a conclusion?
It's absurd to claim people detest modernism because you 'flew over a city' and presumably saw some 'non-modern' buildings. Anecdotally, 'modern' buildings are built in probably as high volume (if not higher) as 'non-modern' buildings. But there is no research that tells us anything. Nobody has a claim in this. But for the record, my anecdotal experiences as an architect trump your plane ride.
I live in a building constructed in 1906 and would probably be considered by many to be a 'modern' architect, so does that make me a fraud or a victim of circumstance? Does it mean I am a supporter of 'modernism' or 'not-modernism?' Or is it neither on account of the fact that this ARCHI-WAR is completely antithetical to the problems at hand? In 2012, the only architects who insist there is a culture war of architectural styles are tract home developers and embittered conservative upper class suburban planners (read, representatives of the 'non-modern' class). None of this 'style' bullshit matters if the cities we live in suck.