Googie Architecture: Futurism Through Modernism

Art & Design

By Greg LeMaire

At the peak of the modern era, a meshing of car culture and the Space Age brought about the gaudy and garnished Googie architecture. The signatures Googie style lie in sweeping arches and hard angles, cantilevered roofs and bold colors, and, its most relative homage to the Space Age, the starburst. The first of the Googie style, and its namesake, was a coffee shop designed by architect John Lautner by the name of “Googies”. With its place on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles the new style caught the eye of many passersby who began to associate the style with the glamour of Hollywood. The spread of this movement from Southern California went most notably north and south along the shore to become a symbol of west coast futurism.

Union 76 Gas Station, Beverly Hills
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The main settings for the Googie style were harbored in the roots of its founding. Coffee shops, gas stations and fast food venues used this architecture as much as a marketing campaign as for structural support. A Googie building was a symbol that a business was with the times, which in turn brought traffic and attention to its doors. The McDonalds of the 1950s and 60s famously adopted Googie style. The two fit hand in hand. The signature arches could be said to be of both houses and the fast growing company was in need of a symbol of the times and here it was found. The scene of a wing tipped cruiser parked in front of the 1950s McDonalds still holds strong as an icon of the era.

vía Googie Architecture: Futurism Through Modernism.

Foto por Darío Alvarez, Mayo 2001

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Googie was the exaggerated Modern architecture seen in the coffee shops and bowling alleys of the 1950s and 1960s.

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If Modernism was the twentieth-century architectural trend that developed a new way of thinking, then Urbanism appears to be the twenty-first century architectural mindset. This trend is breeding urban explorers (urbex), the greening of major metropolitan areas, and a focus on merging habitats and commercial structures with politics, culture, history and the arts. Public discourse and scholarly research have found meeting grounds in this global landscape, and the results are evolving. But, this evolution has affected how individuals and partnerships present their materials on Weblogs and Photoblogs.To that end, we’re treating you to the top 100 bloggers who focus on everything from architectural news to urbanism and from the junction of design and technology to the landscape. While you won’t find blogs here that illustrate how to design a home or a business, you’ll discover plenty of dialogue, images, and ideas no matter if you’re an architect or a person who admires architecture. These blogs were chosen for frequently and recently updated blog entries, a focus on architecture, and for their attitudes and/or perspectives – no matter if they’re amateurs or professionals. Please note that the blog numbering is not meant to be a ranking, as each architecture topic is listed in alphabetical order with the listed blogs also listed in alphabetical order within that topic.

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  1. A Daily Dose of Architecture
  2. aggregät 4/5/6
  3. anArchitecture
  4. Archinect
  6. City of Sound
  7. Inhabitat
  8. Interactive Architecture
  9. Pruned
  10. Super Colossal
  11. ArchNewsNow
  12. Planet Architecture
  14. Floating Podium
  15. Planetizen
  16. Apartment Therapy
  17. Cool Hunting
  18. Core77
  19. Design Spotter
  20. Design Verb
  21. dezeen
  22. Future Feeder
  23. MoCoLoco
  24. pingmag
  25. StrangeHarvest
  26. things Magazine
  27. we make money not art
  28. BLYGAD
  29. Earth Architecture
  30. Eco Tecture
  31. Green Bean
  32. greenbuildingsNYC
  33. Jetson Green
  34. Resilience Science
  35. Tools for Sustainability
  36. Treehugger
  37. WorldChanging
  38. Aesthetic Grounds
  39. Free Soil
  40. Land + Living
  41. My Urban Garden Deco Guide
  42. Places and Spaces
  44. The Dirt
  45. Turned Earth
  46. Whispering Crane Institute
  47. Activist Architect
  48. B.E.L.T.
  49. Continuity in Architecture
  51. eye candy
  52. fulminate // Architectures of Control
  53. Offbeat Homes
  54. Roundtable: Research Architecture
  55. Tessellar
  56. The Antiplanner
  57. The Architecture of Fear
  58. Unbuilt
  59. Berlin Guide
  60. BlueJake
  61. Chicago Uncommon
  62. Desolate Metropolis
  63. fotopromenade
  64. Flak Photo
  65. Funky Side of Town
  66. iN-PUBLiC
  67. jen bekman
  68. joe’s nyc
  69. Lee Bey: The Urban Observer
  71. Running From Camera
  72. Satan’s Laundromat
  73. UrbanPhoto
  74. Worksongs
  75. After Corbu
  76. Architectural Antifreeze, Part IV:
  77. Architectural Ruminations
  78. Architecture
  79. Architecture and Morality
  80. Architecture Lab
  81. ArkiBlog
  82. Arkitectrue
  83. Architecture.MNP
  84. Design Observer
  85. East Coast Architecture Review
  86. Life Without Buildings
  87. Loud Paper
  89. Brand Avenue
  90. City Comforts
  91. Digital Urban
  92. Neighbourhoods
  93. Sprawled Out
  94. Squatter City
  95. Subtopia
  96. Tropolism
  97. Unhoused
  98. Urban Planning Blog
  99. Web Urbanist
  100. Where

y claro, no puede faltar mi propio aporte

101. El Blog de Dario Alvarez