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This is certainly applicable to the ugly fucking jigsaw puzzle condos and high-rises that are being built around Seattle these days. I have mixed feelings about them when they're new, but they pretty much all look like shit after about 10 years of weather.

Posted by Judah | November 14, 2007 2:36 PM

Charles, don't you know how to code a link? Can't someone show you how to do it?

Shaun O'Boyle's original photo entry:

Posted by Fnarf | November 14, 2007 2:58 PM

Thanks, Fnarf. I just spent 45 minutes on that website, and will probably spend another half hour or so.

Way to spoil a semi-productive work-day. :(

Posted by NapoleonXIV | November 14, 2007 3:20 PM

I'm sorry, but can you cite an example supporting your thesis? Buildings may (or may not) decay elegantly simply because of the building materials and techniques available to them, same with the Greeks. To imply that this was a mindful choice by the architects or builders is a pretty thought, but of doubtful veracity.

Posted by Al | November 14, 2007 3:27 PM

the most beautiful buildings are the ruins, ethereal and empty

Posted by vooodooo84 | November 14, 2007 4:32 PM

My sentiments exactly, Al! My own feeling is that we think of ruins as beautiful because of a sentimentality we place on by-gone ages, which somehow represent a "simpler" or "purer" time to Western minds; at least when referencing Western ruins. "Exotic" and "mysterious" come to mind when thinking of Eastern ruins.

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