If you are fond of architecture and want to know something new for yourself, this resource is perfect for you.
Although we pay little or no heed to it in our daily lives, we're all surrounded by architecture. The internal and external shapes, decorations, enclosures and spaces of the buildings we live, work and play in don't just spring up by accident, yet we rarely stop and ask ourselves how they got to be there.
Architecture, you might argue, is one of the most obvious physical representations of human history; it is not simply a matter of changing fashions and materials, it also unavoidably reflects the religious and political tides of the times.
Every period in architecture causes some controversy amongst the people who live in and around it. And beyond arguments over design lies the competition between countries to lay claim to the finest architecture both historically and at the cutting edge. It's a serious matter, architecture. Without it, we would all be living on grey, monotonous streets lined with featureless little boxes. Come to think of it ...
Well anyway, here's a fascinating site for anyone interested in the subject, and I think we all should be, because this is what we're leaving behind to show future generations what we chose to live, work, play, and shop in.
And our kids, and possibly their kids' kids, are going to be stuck with a lot of it, too, since our society is far more conservative that any of the early 20th century predictions of 21st century city life ever imagined. Instead of living in mile-high glass needles surrounded by flying cars, most of us live in housing our parents and their parents would have easily recognized and approved of and we travel by methods up to a century old. What we build today is likely to be with us for a very long time. We should care.
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