In recent years, there has been a growing backlash against “ugly” modern architecture in the Nordic countries. Critics argue that these buildings are out of touch with their surroundings, poorly designed, and do not contribute to the quality of life in their communities.
One of the most vocal critics of modern architecture is Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. Ingels has called for a “revolt” against the “sterile” and “soulless” buildings that are being built in the Nordic countries. He argues that these buildings are not only ugly, but they also make people feel unhappy and isolated.
Ingels is not alone in his criticism. A recent poll found that 70% of Norwegians believe that modern architecture is ruining their cities. And in Sweden, a group of architects has launched a campaign called “Reclaim the Public Realm” to fight against the proliferation of ugly modern buildings.
There are a number of reasons for the backlash against modern architecture in the Nordic countries. One reason is that these countries have a strong tradition of vernacular architecture, which is characterized by its simplicity, beauty, and harmony with nature. Modern architecture, on the other hand, is often seen as being too cold, alienating, and out of place.
Another reason for the backlash is that the Nordic countries are becoming increasingly urbanized. As cities grow, there is a growing demand for affordable housing. However, many modern buildings are designed for wealthy people and do not meet the needs of ordinary people.
Finally, the backlash against modern architecture is also a reflection of the growing dissatisfaction with globalization and the loss of local identity. In the Nordic countries, there is a strong desire to preserve their unique cultures and traditions. And modern architecture is often seen as being a symbol of globalization and the homogenization of culture.
It remains to be seen whether the backlash against modern architecture will succeed in changing the course of development in the Nordic countries. However, it is clear that there is a growing dissatisfaction with the way that cities are being built. And architects and planners will need to take this into account if they want to create buildings that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Last modified: September 27, 2023