Archinect - News 2016-09-26T18:28:33-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149963575/dissecting-mcmansion-ugliness Dissecting McMansion ugliness Julia Ingalls 2016-08-16T15:56:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T01:19:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6i/6in8f13wsuzh0yh3.jpg" width="514" height="205" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The aptly named "McMansionhell" tumblr has taken the time to carefully note just what makes a McMansion an ugly, terrible, no good architectural atrocity. Skipping over frothy diatribe and going straight into meticulous <a href="http://mcmansionhell.tumblr.com/post/148605513816/mcmansions-101-what-makes-a-mcmansion-bad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">point by point dissection</a>, the tumblr notes that McMansions fail in four key areas: Masses &amp; Voids, Balance, Proportion, and crucially, Rhythm. "McMansions lack architectural rhythm," the tumblr states, using slidetool graphics to help you wince and blanch in an informed way (as opposed to just experiencing an overpowering visceral dislike each time you pass one on the street).&nbsp;</p><p>Other ugly building news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143075812/urban-blight-a-review-of-the-petersen-automotive-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban blight: a review of the Petersen Museum</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89531143/will-today-s-ugly-buildings-be-tomorrow-s-historic-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Today&rsquo;s Ugly Buildings Be Tomorrow&rsquo;s Historic Architecture?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148270911/turning-the-ugliest-building-in-liverpool-into-an-exemplar-of-public-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning the &ldquo;ugliest building in Liverpool&rdquo; into an exemplar of public health</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/98147010/let-them-eat-mcmansions-the-1-percent-income-inequality-and-new-fashioned-american-excess Let them eat McMansions! The 1 percent, income inequality, and new-fashioned American excess Alexander Walter 2014-04-16T13:35:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T13:08:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0e11dc845ec7411db17b433f76e000f.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today we call those changes &ldquo;inequality,&rdquo; and inequality is, obviously, the point of the McMansion. The suburban ideal of the 1950s, according to &ldquo;The Organization Man,&rdquo; was supposed to be &ldquo;classlessness,&rdquo; but the opposite ideal is the brick-to-the-head message of the dominant suburban form of today.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/79797101/los-angeles-s-endangered-modernist-homes Los Angeles’s Endangered Modernist Homes Archinect 2013-08-19T09:02:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T18:34:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2b/2bbd439fbf511cf090b90351c51b80f5.jpg" width="514" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;An economic downturn is always a good thing for preservation,&rdquo; says Regina O&rsquo;Brien, chairperson of the Modern Committee of the Los Angeles Conservancy. &ldquo;A lot fewer developers are making a lot less money, and therefore they have a lot less motivation to pursue these profit-oriented flips. But the problem is that the opposite is true when the market picks back up.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/46297760/lloyd-wright-s-palos-verdes-moore-house-demolished-today Lloyd Wright's Palos Verdes Moore House Demolished Today Archinect 2012-04-26T00:13:00-04:00 >2012-05-02T18:27:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vh/vh12w3uustsi5n82.jpg" width="514" height="475" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a short day of demolition, the Lloyd Wright-designed Moore House in Palos Verdes Estates is gone. The city council denied an LA Conservancy appeal of the demo last night and the Conservancy's Director of Communications Cindy Olnick tells us she's just heard from the city that the deed is now completely done.. the current owner bought it in 2004 and says he never even knew who Wright was. For years now the owner has been trying to tear the house down and build a Mediterranean-style house...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/27359669/homework-and-jacuzzis-as-dorms-move-to-mcmansions-in-california Homework and Jacuzzis as Dorms Move to McMansions in California Archinect 2011-11-13T19:04:15-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/li/li5bpueaikzrx55m.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here in Merced, a city in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley and one of the country&rsquo;s hardest hit by home foreclosures, the downturn in the real estate market has presented an unusual housing opportunity for thousands of college students. Facing a shortage of dorm space, they are moving into hundreds of luxurious homes in overbuilt planned communities.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>