5/25/2017

Spending the day in Tulsa was a stark difference in comparison to the places we had been driving through and staying in. Walking through the city and into the suburbs, the land was dominated by empty parking lots like planes of asphalt, towering chapels made of stone in differing easily identifiable styles of historical architecture, like Gothic and Art Deco, and large homes designed from thoughtless amalgamations of historical architecture, like a house with juxtaposing elements of a fifteenth century European fortress and modernist aesthetics. The similarity between the urban and rural was the lack of people in the streets, as well as a sort of ad hoc mashing of architectural design, but instead of recycled materials for utilitarian and cost effective reasons, as is common in the rural and outlined in Thomas Hubkas “Just Folks Designing: Vernacular Designers and the Generation of Form” , it is recycled architectural movements for a projection of wealth and class in the urban neighborhood. Hubka attempts to destroy the notion that folk builders are thoughtless and purely intuitive, and are instead skillful and thoughtful designers rooted in tradition. This is especially apparent in comparison to the sometimes thoughtless and empty designs of wealthy suburban homes which defy utility and express almost exclusively a lack of understanding of the past.