No matter the season, we drive through neighborhoods and often see inexplicably hideous buildings. “How could they have done that?” mutters across our lips. Whether it is the blank boxes of apartments, or the unending tear-downs of history that are replaced by bloated homes, or just the hundredth brand new “Farmhouse” with a tiny “farm” of mowed grass, thousands of acts of disappointing structures explode in a building boom.
After forty years of helping to make buildings as an architect, I know that there are reasons for ugliness. Of course, you can blame the designer, or the builder, even the homeowners that can be relied upon to buy a home — any home, if the location is good, and the price tag is acceptable. But the numbers of those perpetrators of ugly explode during a housing boom.