Speed of architectural style trends finally caught up with speed of fashion about 1 to 1. It took long years during modernism that a particular form would find its place in present design mainstream because it was pretty well established by the Bauhaus and other white wall-ers and the elite still was The Elite.
That has changed during the postmodern years but still it took five years or so for formal trends to take shape.
With the advancement of the digital technology, time span of formal gestures in building designs have just about caught up with fashion industry’s seasonality, authors' whim and students' desire to participate in the advancement of architectural relevancy. Perhaps you can blame the rise of the narrative for this but the stories only amount to cheap slogans in most cases.
So much for architecture's empirical operatives.
In an age of endless promotion by historians, marketers turned curators alike, we as the participants in this culture production for profit no longer digest, critique and distill architectural works. Students world over are copying without any criticality whatsoever. They utilize many examples of most published works as “precedents,” a new term for “I am gonna copy this” while justifying that act and maintaining and creating additional dinosaurs without any further questions. After all, “Who am I to question my professor's authoritative keeper?”
I confess, in most cases, I have no interest anymore for taking a building apart and discussing its formal, surface and material aspects beyond its “blog” value. It is a world of architectural pornography out there and the saddest part is that these architectures and their authors are mostly the concerns and commodities of real estate related industries. They gobble up and neutralize cultural values, turning them into seasonal commodities and assigning the creative production into one big supermarket of things that don't matter.
I have gathered, mostly plural, a highly critical list of typologies and definitions with images to describe the high culture of pathless occupation we managed to package as self important and highly marketable.
You can write them off as silly but better think about it before you do that because I am not that stupid as a star critic of the World of Architecture and its players...