Late Modern 2 Melinda Cardenas FCS 410 (Historical and Social…
Late Modern 2
Historical and Social
Prosperity continues and economy continues to grow, global economy expands
Technology expands and there is a worldwide shift from an industrial to a post industrial or information age.
Knowledge, ideas, imagination, and creativity become the raw materials of production instead of steel and iron.
Introduction to more forms of technology. Foreigners invest more heavily in the economy of the United States and vice versa.
As the end of the 21st century begins, the world is made up of highly industrials and technological societies with high rates of literacy and standards of living.
The designers and architects experiment with new approaches, methods, and means to achieve their individual or collective visions of the informative age, new technologies, and the global economy.
Designers express power, authority, respectability, and responsibility in an international context
Building codes were important to distinguish one community, corporation, retail outlet, or person from another.
High Tech: High tech compositions display extreme and complex technology and a machine image, and they highlight function and service areas.
Minimalism: Clean forms, extreme simplicity, repetition, and articulation but with greater flexibility and emphasis upon form and shape.
Expressionism: Develops from a variety of forms, and most designs are conceived of as sculpture so they are individual and customized.
Motifs: There are no specific motifs common to the period. Individual designers use details from projects to emphasize innovative structure, construction, and materials.
Lloyd's building, London
Flat roof adds diversity, towers help express form, stairs placed on building perimeter form pierced cylinders clad in stainless steel.
Hong Kong Shanghai Headquarters
Glass Pyramid, Louvre Museum
Designs are much more complex and complicated than ever before. They are also more individualistic and unusual.
Experimentation with space planning continues with more overlap of functional areas and more multifunctional spaces.
James R. Thompson Center
Architects focus more on the solid and void relationships through glass and asymmetrical building shapes.