Searching for a Definition of Lo-Fi Architecture

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I was recently listening to some of relatively new lo-fi music (specifically Times New Viking and Ariel Pink) while mulling over some potential projects and series of blog posts that originated over at mockitecture. The subject: music-building pairings. To get up to speed on this expanding dialogue, also check out Fantastic Journal and Sit Down Man, You’re a Bloody Tragedy. Seriously, go ahead. I’ll wait….

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So with all these ideas rattling around, I posed a question to the hive-mind of Twitter: What’s the architectural equivalent of lo-fi? However, unlike the aforementioned posts, the idea here is more general than single-serving building-song pairings. What makes lo-fi music, lo-fi? How does that innate lo-fi-ness translate into architecture? The responses were varied:

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