In this thread, we talked about the WOW factor for developments, communities, buildings, and neighborhoods. There was a discussion about how bridges built before 1940 had a lot of architectural detail.
The more that I thought about it, the more that I realized, it is not just bridges… but everything! Just take a look at a multistory commercial building built before WWII and take a look at one now. Construction possibilities aside, buildings after that point lacked much in the way of architectural details. They styles still remained but the little things that caught peoples attention where gone. Simile lines, curves, and sheets of glass started to take over.
What happened? Did architects get lazy? They now design these crazy shaped buildings, but they don’t put stone gargoyles on the corners, detailed trim lines, or elaborate wood scrolling above the windows and doors.
Why do you think that this happened? Do you think that it could ever come back? Do you think as a society we gave up caring for details?