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.
Charles, don't you know how to code a link? Can't someone show you how to do it?
BLDGBLOG entry: http://bldgblog.blogspot.com/2007/11/bannermans-island.html
Shaun O'Boyle's original photo entry: http://www.oboylephoto.com/bannermans/index.htm
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. :(
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.
the most beautiful buildings are the ruins, ethereal and empty
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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