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Why Do Modern Buildings Look Awful?

October 23, 2011 19:43:15.363

It seems that in a very real way, many architects see the world differently than the rest of us do:

There are many such confirming studies. For example, Gifford et al. (2002) surveyed other research and noted that “architects did not merely disagree with laypersons about the aesthetic qualities of buildings, they were unable to predict how laypersons would assess buildings, even when they were explicitly asked to do so.” The researchers traced this disagreement to well-known cognitive differences in the two populations: “Evidence that certain cognitive properties are related to building preference [was] found.”

I wonder if this has now reached the self selection stage where the problem is reinforcing itself....

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