Educated Guesses on Architecture

Amateur architecture enthusiast, based in DC, hailing from Cleveland, and currently living in Cambodia.
Jan 31 '11
International Square, K Street, Washington DC
Concrete, industrial style.  In the same way that feels like glazed glass castles are taking over the city, at some point in the 70s it must have felt like the future lie in mass accentuating cubes of concrete brute. This was the preeminent style of government buildings for a least a decade, and many of the urban renewal projects of the 60s and 70s consisted of blocks and blocks of concrete grids.  By the 80s, which I’m guessing is when this was built, some ornamentation and postmodern signage had made its way into the mix.  Regardless, probably the most hated architectural trend of the 20th century.

International Square, K Street, Washington DC

Concrete, industrial style.  In the same way that feels like glazed glass castles are taking over the city, at some point in the 70s it must have felt like the future lie in mass accentuating cubes of concrete brute. This was the preeminent style of government buildings for a least a decade, and many of the urban renewal projects of the 60s and 70s consisted of blocks and blocks of concrete grids.  By the 80s, which I’m guessing is when this was built, some ornamentation and postmodern signage had made its way into the mix.  Regardless, probably the most hated architectural trend of the 20th century.

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