Following up on the post with the quote:
“Architecture should have the confidence and the kindness to be a little boring.” – Alain de Botton
Denver has lots of new buildings that are junk. Our new art museum is an interesting, although not very functional building, that was either not designed well, or was not constructed well, because the roof has been recently replaced because of leaking. A large ugly apartment building nearby, also new, has been shrouded in scaffolding and plastic, because of leaking at doors and windows and other major water problems. Foundations on houses and condos all over the metro area crack like crazy because nobody analyzed the soils or nobody read the geotechnical report or somebody designed the foundations improperly. Lawyers have a field day with these construction defects, or design errors or omissions.
Good technical details and execution of those details need to be a prerequisite, achieved before “interesting” can be attempted. Here in Denver, that doesn’t always happen. I’d like to see some boring buildings that stay weathertight for 50 years, instead of the attempts at “interesting” that need to be completely revamped because of some failure in design or construction. Interesting can be good, AFTER the basics of sound construction are achieved.