The Modernization of Architecture
Architecture is, arguably, one of the most interesting forms of art. It combines the imagination and talent of the creator with technical skills of engineers in order to make wonderful masterpieces and beautiful homes. Even from the earliest of times we have yearned to have a comfortable and appealing environment to live in – and architecture has always managed to keep up with those desires. In the last few years we have been able to perceive a shift in a trend called modernization.
The Modern Era
The modern era, defined in historical terms, started sometime at the end of the 19th century. More space was needed in cities and so architects adopted new styles in order to make useful buildings that still looked amazing. This modern style was defined by the post-industrial era where practicality was partnered with the beauty of the Victorian vibe. The beginning of this period is also when we first observe architecture incorporating many technological breakthroughs like pipes, toilet installations and gas; making our lives and homes more comfortable.
The second part of this trend came from the beginning to mid-20th century when the American style of building came into fashion. This meant that builders had to use better and more durable materials to make quality buildings that didn’t cost a fortune. A very good example of this trend are the skyscrapers that began popping up all over the world. Architects had to adapt – they had small patches of land in the middle of sprawling cities and had to create stable and cheap buildings for companies and housing. This is the moment when metal structures became a must for many firms. After the introduction of metal other materials came on to the market that were more lightweight and durable.
Ergonomics emerged as a new science in itself by studying the effect and impact a building could have on its tenants and the environment. It came to the aid of the architects in order to create beautiful, good quality, useful buildings for large numbers of people. This meant that the overall structure of apartment buildings, for example, was modified in order to make more efficient living spaces for families.
Thanks to technological advancements, various materials and the fact that buildings can now be insulated with thinner matter, glass became a huge trend. Massive glass buildings became the norm in the early 2000s. They were fashionable for office spaces and apartments as well. Technological innovation paved the way for architects to be more expressive in their creations.
Nowadays, we see a very interesting mixture between new models and shapes of buildings mixed with elements from nature and older designs. This new combination is extremely fascinating and shows a trend that can be seen in every art form. Once in a while, the elements and tendencies that made history repeat themselves in newer trends and artistic waves. The modernization of architecture will never stop advancing and we will definitely see some very marvelous trends in the near future.