When I think of colonial expansion to the United States I see the obvious pre-revolutionary war period. When the US was just a colony and was starting from a European standpoint the only architecture was what could be brought from the old world.
|Brick Colonial Home|
Words: wealth, symmetry, importance, geometric
|Wooden Colonial Home|
Words: basic, rural, isolated
These homes show the very basic nature of construction from that day. Not only were the structures limited in material selections and available funds, but they were great distances from classical structures which could have influenced more aesthetically pleasing elements.
As for how America's modern influence spreads out across the world I wish to look at it in perspective. Even though there are many American influences that are for the best, some have spread some of the not so great parts of our culture. For instance I will use the gray area of McDonald's.
|Typical American McDonald's|
Words: standout, public, contrasting
Viewed by many in different ways, McDonald's has shown itself as being a cheap restaurant for anyone who is in need of its services, but that's not what I'm talking about. Focusing on the corporations aesthetics we can see how even when incorporated into a native area somewhere in the world the colors, logo, and basic design remain the same.
Words: importance, size, advertising
Words: bounds, fitting, colors
What needs to be discussed about this is whether or not the local culture is taken into consideration? Do the golden arches and red coloring mean the same thing for these areas as they do for America? What happens if a native area finds a certain color or gesture of architecture offensive? I think we just need to be more considerate when trying to push what works locally on a modern global world.
Photo Credit: (http://theoldpostroadblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/colonial-revival.html), (http://historicbuildingsct.com/?p=3656), (http://keetsa.com/blog/tag/mcdonald/), (http://images.businessweek.com/ss/08/05/0530_china_blogosphere/source/7.htm), (http://ascjportfolios.org/mmm/?p=493),