Monday, May 20, 2013

1960-1969: Blowin’ in the Wind

It was a decade of Civil Rights protests, man’s first walk on the moon, the Beatles, escalating conflict in Vietnam, the invention of the Internet (ARPANET) and the first e-mail transmission, the rise of the hippie movement, the debut of Sesame Street, and the first Super Bowl.
In the world of architecture, the 1960s continued Mid-20th Century Modern’s aesthetic of sleek, simple lines using materials that countered traditional buildings and streetscapes. In this clash of new versus old, underappreciated iconic landmarks were demolished. Immediate regret led to growth in the preservation movement and passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.  The 1960s’ once-modern buildings, icons of their own time, now face similar threats.

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