The Styles of Modern Architecture
Architecture is the product and the process of designing, planning, and building new buildings or other structured structures. Architectural projects, at the simplest material form, are usually perceived as works of architecture and as visual symbols of social status. Architects use many different tools and methods to design a structure, from complex mathematics and engineering concepts to artistic expressions. Architectural styles can be highly individualistic, like that of Le Corbusier, whose only interests were architecture and furniture, or extremely conventional, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
The term “architecture” describes a wide variety of human activities. Some of the most famous buildings in the world are those that were constructed without any specific planning or structure and were left to develop over time, like the Mona Lisa in Italy or the Eiffel Tower in France. However, architecture is often viewed as an objective or technological field. Architecture is an artistic human response to the world around them. While the technological aspects of modern architecture like electronic wiring and watertight glass may seem relatively complicated, the aesthetic appreciation of a well-designed building can be said to be the highest form of art possible.
Modern architecture is largely influenced by traditional forms and ideas about how to build and live in cities. However, there has been a growing movement away from this traditionalist mindset and towards an approach towards more flexible design, more pragmatic uses of space and more aesthetic appreciation of the environment surrounding the buildings. Some of the most popular designers of modern architecture have been influenced by the style of art and architecture of the Viennese master architect Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe. His work is particularly famous for the spaces that he designed for hotels and other commercial buildings.