1960s impact on architecture & urban planning

Question: What social, political, and economics events of the late 1960s impacted architecture and urban planning in America?

The 1960’s showed dramatic transformation in the evolution of architecture and urban planning in American. While technology and electrical devices began to show great growth, the economy did not support the culture to maintain its architecture. The innovative architecture designs of the early 60’s began to show they were not the most economical designs by the early 70’s. People found they were spending an exceptional amount of money heating and cooling buildings with poorly insolated glass. Expansion from heating and cooling cause more issues and problems like leaking roofs, and heating systems that could not accommodate the space. With the country in a recession in the 70’s architecture design had to change. Even today these structures are almost endangered. With so many innovations and green engineering, many times it is actually less expensive have a building torn down and rebuilt than invest in renovations to make the building more efficient.

It is also suggested that another reason the buildings of the 60’s are disappearing is the rebellion of the baby boomers. As many in this demographic grew up in a modernist home, to feel their progression as adults they in turn reject the style in order to “progress” in society.

Works Cited:
"1960s Architecture - 1960s Architecture: L.A. and the Paradox of Preservation - Los Angeles Times." Featured Articles From The Los Angeles Times. 11 Oct. 2009. Web. 08 Feb. 2011.
Bernstein, Fred “The End of 1960’s Architecture” The New York Times. 31 Oct. 2004. Web 08 Feb. 2011.

Survey of Architecture | ART3020 UB. Week Five Online Lecture, 31 Jan 2011.