The 21st Century Will Be Different Than The 20th

We’re starting to see that people in the 21st century are rejecting many of the trends of the late 20th century. Just as architecture and urbanism in the second half of the 20th century were very different than they had been in the first half of the century, change is happening again. (One of those changes is dropping the ideological embrace of change for the sake of change.)

Here are a few Before & After word pairs. Please feel free to comment and suggest edits or additions.

UPDATE: I’ve made some changes in response to comments from the internet. Please keep them coming. Thanks.

Late 20th century

Early 21st century

Suburban

Urban

Separation

Connection

Technology

Community

Technology

Humanity

Towers

Walkability

Glass walls

Renewable materials

Industrial

Sustainable

Production

Craft

Machine made

Hand made

Ego

Community

Ego

Love

Machines

People

Things

People

Owning

Sharing

Possessions

Experiences

Theory

Experience

Wealth

Happiness

Global market

Local economy

Constant growth

Smart Growth

Conceptual

Beautiful

Innovative

Good

Inventive

Beautiful

Different

Contextual

Unprecedented

Universal

Form giving

Place making

Mobility

Place

Streets for cars

Streets for people

Specialization

Wholistic

Top-down planning

Tactical Urbanism

Agribusiness

Slow Food

Big Pharma

Alternative medicine

Darwin / evolution

Neuroscience / mind body

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3 Responses to The 21st Century Will Be Different Than The 20th

  1. joeb says:

    These are great! I will try to come up with some more, and give some thought to the expression of a few of them.

    Thanks!

  2. Eric Rapaport says:

    20th Centriry (planned for you) -> 21st Century (Do It Youself)

  3. Some from the internet:

    Late 20th Early 21st
    Speedy Slow
    Transience Permanence
    Institutional Entrepreneurial
    Macro $ Micro $
    Coarse Cultured
    Quantity Quality
    Individualistic Shared
    Exclusive Inclusive
    Indifference Passionate
    Conventional Exceptional
    Ordinary Ceremonial

    Late 20th century Early 21st century
    Global Local
    Individual Collective
    Dictative Collaborative
    False/Fake Meaningful/Purposeful
    Short-sighted Long-sighted
    Now oriented Future oriented

    And two of my own

    Theory Experience
    Top down Tactical Urbanism

    More from the internet

    Complexity => Clarity
    Descriptive => Illustrative
    Subjective => Objective
    Accidental => Intentional
    Reactive => Proactive

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