The Future Of Modern Architecture: Modernism Represents Optimism?

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Modernism Represents Optimism? Modernism was a movement of the arts, faith, sciences and architecture at the began around the early 20th century that rejected the popular ideas of the 19th century. What brought about these change was development in new technology, manufacturing and engineering (Wikipedia, 2017). Architects started to incorporate more glass, steel and reinforced concrete into their work, contrasting the popular building construction of ornate wood structure. “The ideal of architecture (modern architecture, more exactly) came to full stop at some point in the 1970’s (McMorrough, 2008). The modernist movement lasted almost 60 years, and then it was followed by the post-modernist movement. When we take a look at word optimism, it is defined as hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something (Dictionary.com, 2017) So, do we really think that Modernism represents Optimism? No, it doesn’t, why would the future of the architecture be something that we have already evolved from Would we want to be the zombies of McMorrough’s article that “unthinkingly-even instinctively- trace their predecessors; footsteps” (McMorrough, 2008).…show more content…
Since this product was so easily available for them, on account of the volcanic products they use to make it stronger, they were able to build faster and cheaper. (Dighe & Rao, 1959) At the same time, they also needed to design a space large enough for crowds to gather, so they developed the arch and vault. Moving forward in history to the middle ages, engineers needed to design even larger spaces, so they found a way to create a dome structure, as well as the pointed arch. A more recent invention of cast iron led to creating buildings with even larger huge open spaces like factories, warehouse, etc (Dighe & Rao,

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