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When you look at photos of homes designed in the modernist style, like the one above, does it give you a warm and fuzzy feeling, or does it leave you cold?
Right off the top, I’m going to apologize because this post is going to be a bit of a rant. Ok, not a bit. A lot.
In Toronto, where I live, neighborhoods are going through a big transformation, similar to urban neighborhoods across North America. An alarming number of older homes are being knocked down to be replaced either with cookie-cutter McMansions and phony chateaux with a mish-mash of styles all crammed onto the facade, designed to elicit awe and envy…
or modernist cubes. This is unhealthy for people and cities for a number of reasons.
There are various magazines and newspaper columns that devote all their space to the modernist aesthetic. The writers who are fans of the style and the architects who design them, extol the virtues of the purity of the design and line. For them, the lack of references to Victorian style or other outdated architectural styles is seen as highly desireable. The modernist movement is one of high ideals that strives well-proportioned structures and spaces with little ornamentation.