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I see these buildings a lot in the US, and a lot less in Canada. I know very little about architecture and I wonder if this is some kind of branch of postmodernism which has not been honoured with a name because most people consider it cheap. But then again, someone takes the time to design the skins of these buildings, right?

 

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Dans mon langage à moi, j'appelle ça "Faux toscan". Ça s'inspire vaguement de l'architecture de la Toscane, spécialement la 3e photo, avec le Walmart aux petits toits de tuiles. Ça fait très faux, pis je parodie le sens que les Américain donne au mot "faux". Y en a plein en Floride de cette architecture, c'est laid pour mourir.

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There is a lot of that architecture in that style in the suburbs and especially the mega-malls or Smart Centers. The stucco is an acrylic cement skin that is trowelled over styrofoam panels with a grip of chicken wire type material. The technique and acrylic material originates from Italy, and of course over there it is a continuation of a traditional method of veneering stone, brick or cement block construction. It started in earnest in North America about 30 years ago.

 

I noticed that a new Wal-Mart in Dorval a couple of weeks ago had a sign put up over a blue stucco over styrofoam. In that case, they probably have huge batches of uniform color for the blue banner.

 

I think you could safely name the style as "Mega-lame" school of architecture.

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The architecture is a very cheap take on existing, older styles. Though, there wouldn't be a 'style' for all these buildings. Your no.3 (walmart,) is very different from your starbucks.

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Modernized inspired Peubloan-Style

The style is dominant in the South - Florida, California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona. Sometimes additions of New England/Cape Cod.

It's a generic box like structure which allows simple architectural elements to be added.

There's nothing wrong with it when in the correct context.

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