American Architecture

American Architecture
The Colombian exposition portrayed the American society as being
predominantly white meaning that it excluded other races from its
cultural activities. The exposition, however, managed to portray how
human beings can be progressive, through the works of Columbus, believed
to be the man who discovered America. This was helpful in fostering
nationalism within the American society (Wilson, 1989). The exposition
also portrayed America’s progress in the field of building and
construction because the first buildings were built on wetland. Coupled
with this was the orderly manner in which the town was organized,
portraying the county’s accomplishment in the field of modern planning
of cities.
According to Wilson the Columbian exposition influenced and represented
the American culture as being developed and progressive. This is because
the architecture and planning was very well laid out so as to
accommodate the changing realities of the society. Secondly, it
projected America as being a private society that loved individuality
because most of the buildings were built individually and promoted
privacy. Finally, the exposition portrayed America as a beautiful place
because the architecture was mainly neoclassic. This showed that cities
could be made beautiful and still accommodates many people. This
reflected America as a beautiful, organized, and urban society (Wilson,
In later times, the development of gated communities has held up the
private and individualistic nature of the American society. This culture
is prevalent in modern times where most cities have developed gated
communities with exclusive membership. In addition to this, the American
society is largely urban with a huge percentage of its population living
in urban areas. The society is also progressive because new
architectural designs have become common especially in urban areas. The
architectural designs are usually unique and reflect the owner’s
individuality. The progressive nature of society is also portrayed by
the changing architectural designs, which are usually different from
previous designs.
Wilson, W. H. (1989). The City Beautiful movement. Baltimore: Johns
Hopkins University Press.