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A set of building styles with similar characteristics, primarily the simplification of form and the elimination of ornament.

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Big is Beautiful!

  • Sep 12, 2009
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In recent years, we've seen an explosion of modern architecture built in Asia, especially China and India. I for one love anything that's new and sleek. Glass, steel, ultra modern and space-like designs are my cup of tea. Hence, I've been traveling around looking for all the majestic and tall buildings, especially in big cities like Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. And do I find the top grade and best architects' works around! Money certainly does wonder in such situation. You get what you paid for and the Chinese government is certainly paying lots!

The Olympic Stadium, the Beijing Grand Theater, the Watercube are but a few of these modern architecture. This is just in Beijing alone. With the opening of Expo 2010 in Shanghai next May, we can expect even more spectacular architecture. Other than that, controversial Zaha Hadid has also built an amazing Opera House in Guangzhou. I'll be visiting this one soon, probably  next month. Zaha's design is bold and ultra modern. They make a statement and that's that of the future. I do like her design as I like creativity which propels the world to the unknown and to me her designs are simply that.


China has its fair share of modern & traditional culture. It is very interesting to see them coexist side by side and the challenge for many future architects is to embrace the old and the new and blend them into an entire whole. Generally though, it takes time for the population to be comfortable with any new idea and design just like the Parisian experienced with the Eiffel Tower. Surprisingly, the Chinese population has embraced the Olympics architecture with such an enthusiasm that surprised even the most cynical. I still believe these designs are so unique that whether you find them beautiful or ugly is of no consequence. They have all make their marks on history and will continue to be gaze at by billions of people in the next 50 years! These are modern architecture, they are not Chinese or European or American. They are simply modern architecture and the world is ready for them, imho.

Architecture has always fascinated me and had I had my wish, I'd have been studying architecture. The future of design is bright and interesting. I can't wait to see what the architects will come up with when they have to reinvent themselves and work with nano technology. Anything is possible, baby... anything!!!

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September 13, 2009
China has some pretty amazing architecture! nice work.
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I don't know about you but I for one find most modern architecture to be quite hideous.  I know that taste in architecture is an extremely subjective thing but not only do I dislike most of these structures I find that some of them actually make me sick to my stomach!        Knowing absolutely nothing about this profession I am probably a bit naive but shouldn't the goal of an architect be to create a structure that is not only optimally …
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Modern architecture is art with similar characteristics, primarily the simplification of form and creation of ornament from the structure and theme of the building. The first variants were conceived early in the 20th century. Modern architecture was adopted by many influential architects and architectural educators, however very few "Modern buildings" were built in the first half of the century. It gained popularity after the Second World War and became the dominant architectural style for institutional and corporate buildings for three decades.

The exact characteristics and origins of Modern architecture are still open to interpretation and debate.


Some historians see the evolution of Modern architecture as a social matter, closely tied to the project of Modernity and thus the Enlightenment. The Modern style developed, in their opinion, as a result of social and political revolutions.[1]

Melnikov House near Arbat Street in Moscow by Konstantin Melnikov.

Others see Modern architecture as primarily driven by technological and engineering developments, and it is true that the availability of new building materials such as iron, steel, and glass drove the invention of new building techniques as part of the Industrial Revolution. In 1796, Shrewsbury mill owner Charles Bage first used his 'fireproof' design, which relied on cast iron and brick with flag stone floors. Such construction greatly strengthened the structure of mills, which enabled them to ...

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