We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have always been attracted to architecture and more specifically in homes rather than commercial buildings. I retired over 20 years ago and have the good fortune to have the time and inclination to daily walk the streets of the city where I live. I especially seek out alleyways and dead ends where most people would not normally walk. I always carry a camera to capture the unexpected. It might be a fence or landscaping but most often it is the Victorian architecture that our town is know for. Of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder but so many Victorian or craftsman style homes appeal to all of us. That is what architects and designers should aim for; appeal to all of us. I think the reason that they do not is because they don't have the talent and their attempt would fall short in be criticized. But it takes no talent to build in the brutal and barren concrete monolith style and criticism of it is expected and normal and not a reflection on the architect. So it is a cop out for the designer.
One other point: I would actually be "OK" with the stark concrete public buildings if they cost half as much of our tax money as a beautiful building does. But sadly even that one possible saving grace is not true, even the most offensive looking government building costs between 30%-50% more than it would if a private company built it. We pay a lot for the concrete caveman style of public buildings.
The big joke about architecture is that architects consider themselves to be a cut above the rest. You'll never see a T.V. discussion about the meaning of various buildings. That's supposed to be "high culture" which is above the pay grade of the working man. Every city has buildings which were built to express a group of ideas. But citizens are not privy to meaning of those buildings. It's a secret.
For once, I'd like to see a map of a city which showed the most famous buildings, and included a philosophical discussion of what each architect was trying to express. But these people lie shamelessly; they try to concoct some B.S. story to tell people, while hiding the truth. In Louisville, there is a statue which is obviously some kind of reference to space, or form. But don't try asking the architects. They'll say it's "an insect of change." So if we are surrounded by liars, what are we supposed to do?