Posted by steveA on February 03, 2003 at 08:51:16:
In Reply to: Re: Why is so different the way to design between USA and Europe? posted by Tuomas Santakallio on February 02, 2003 at 07:47:28:
Yes, its cultural, but also it is historical. We just haven't physically developed to the point that Europe has (or even did 100 years ago). This country is still mostly in a natural state. We have vast resources, and fewer regulations, and therefore building for 50 years is a stretch, and 10 years is not unusual in the commercial arena. Our built environment is constantly changing, if not growing, so Architecture is a little less relevant (except to the philosophers) than it is in Europe. Our economy is largely dependent on this growth also, so there is little incentive to putting restrictions on it. The more enlightened localities, corporations, and individuals do however value Architecture, and are underwriting some of the best works in the world. The taste culture is however is a matter of historic, economic, and sociological context, as it should be.
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