How Modern Materials Age
One of the things that bothers me most about modern architecture is the materials. People select these materials that look awesome when the building is designed and constructed, but that don’t age well, or, at least don’t age in a way that is pleasing to the eye. They require a lot of upkeep, and without that upkeep, the structures just fall apart.
This collection of Yugoslavian monuments form the 60s and 70s shows very futuristic looking materials that have just not aged well. When I think of good, solid construction, I think of stone and masonry. Look at the old Roman stuff, much of that is stone, and some is masonry with concrete (a technology which was lost for over a thousand years after the fall of Rome) and those structures have aged well. They may not be in tip top shape, but granite and marble just handle the elements better.