In my weekly column, called “Architecture critic, heal thyself!” and posted this morning, I referred to the elephant in architecture’s living room. That is the fact that most Americans prefer traditional to modern architecture. Among other evidence for this is the survey taken by the American Institute of Architecture to commemorate its 150th anniversary, in 2007. Even though the survey was double-blind, in that average Americans got to choose buildings only from a master list already selected by members of the AIA, the favorite buildings were still overwhelmingly traditional and classical.
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