There is a "mixed bag" much too long article on so called "liturgical renewal (NOT)" at Praytell which you can read in its much too long fullness HERE.
This is an excerpt: What do you think?
This brought to mind an old article that Mark Searle wrote where he laments how slipshod the architectural renewal of many churches was back in 1982:
It is extraordinarily difficult to bring the tumultuous history of liturgical renewal in the American parish over the last twenty years into any kind of satisfactory focus. Perhaps the best way of grasping what happened would be to go into almost any parish church in the land, built before the middle or late sixties, sit about halfway back and allow the environment to tell its own story. Chances are that the structure itself remains essentially what it was. The old altar against the back wall is probably still in place, but stripped of its mass cards, its candles, and maybe its tabernacle. The sunlight continues to filter through the same stained glass windows upon the same worn pews. The same plaster madonna continues her serene and steady gaze upon the passerby, though it may be that a portable font has edged out the old votive light stand in vying for her modest smile. The altar rails may still be in place, but the gates have been removed and the starched linens which used to adorn them have long since been folded up and abandoned to some inaccessible sacristy cupboard. The interior of a Catholic church was never very tidy, but the litter problem seems to have worsened over the years. The sanctuary, in particular, has suffered. The once intimidating sweep of steps up to the high altar is now broken with a second portable counterpart, invariably looking makeshift and out of place. The pulpit, if it remains, goes largely unused: a spindly lectern, with a colored cloth and a microphone attached, has replaced it. Chairs of undetermined vintage, rescued from the monsignor’s hallway, take up the remaining space. One has the sense that in half an hour all that has come about in the space of twenty years could be cleared away and the old order restored. It has not died, it has not even faded away. It merely sleeps.Mark Searle, “Reflections on Liturgical Reform,” in Worship, 56, 5 (1982), 411-412.
Unfortunately, today over fifty years after Vatican II, some churches are still using altars that while meeting the bare minimum requirements are still the result of woodworking project of the pastor and his brother-in-law from the early 1970’s.