Contemporary architecture is by and large a failure. The public finds it ugly, strange, and off-putting. It has created a built environment that is degraded and dehumanizing. The reason for this failure is the ideology of architectural Modernism, which came to dominance after the Second World War.
Modernism has various strands, but all of them reject traditional standards of beauty and harmony. Indeed, "beauty" is a forbidden word. For much of the 20th Century, and indeed continuing to day, Modernism replaced the poetry of design with the spirit of mechanization--as embodied in the steel-and-glass box and Brutalist concrete. As the seminal Modernist architect Le Corbusier said, "A house is a machine for living." We disagree.
In recent years, Modernism has jumped from one fad to another--from blobitechture to Deconstructivism to parametricism to parasitic architecture, and so on. Our most important buildings are increasingly bizarre, hideous, and disorienting structures that have nothing do with their location or surroundings, and which show little respect for the public.
The National Civic Art Society endeavors to help architecture return to its pre-Modernist roots, particularly the forms, principles, and standards of the unparalleled classical tradition, and the humanistic architectural idioms that are derived from it.
"The Debate over Classical vs. Contemporary Architecture Needs to Continue." The Washington Post.