It is a misconception that only architects or those educated in design can appreciated, understand and have an opinion on modern and contemporary architecture.Left, The Eleanore and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion, Visitor Center for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House by Toshiko Mori Architect
Architecture is created for everyone.
to be used, lived in, visited, loved, hated, talked about, create a mood, guide us, challenge us, move us, protect us.
Architecture is all around us and can be appreciated at many levels and in a multitude of ways. Let me use wine as an analogy. Wine connoisseurs know a lot about wine, they know about the different grape varieties, where they grow, what each plant and grape looks like. They understand the process of converting those grapes to wine, all the science and technique required, how many people are involved how many years it takes. A wine connoisseur will know to look and smell the wine before tasting and be able to notice and articulate the subtle differences and undertones in a glass of wine using vocabulary such as robust and angular.
Does all this mean that anyone cannot enjoy a glass of wine? Absolutely Not
It just means that the wine connoisseur will experience the wine differently have more background and likely read more from the experience but it is not a requirement to enjoy the wine and have an opinion about it.
Architecture is just like wine (minus the side effects).
If you are an architect, an architecture student or an architecture groupie you have studied and trained to read architecture and thus will see details and formulate an opinion perhaps quicker, you will notice more, know what to look for, have the vocabulary to speak about it but
anyone can have an opinion about architecture
Both modern architecture and historic architecture can be good or bad. Just because a building is old doesn’t make it good architecture and just because a building is new doesn’t make it bad architecture, and visa-versa. Use your own judgment, next time you are looking at architecture try to make a definitive decision about whether you like it or not and why.
Left, The Darwin Martin House by Frank Lloyd Wright
Remember there is no wrong answer.
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