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Wednesday, May 28, 2008


posted by on May 28 at 11:45 AM


At the top of this hospital in Amsterdam is a kinderstad, a “children’s town,” a “place where children between 4 and 18 years old being treated in the medical centre can meet with family and relax outside of the hospital environment.” For reasons that I will not explore in this post, the high location of the glass and titanium structure, and its sad function, has echoes with this passage from Eliot’s “Burnt Norton”:

The surface glittered out of heart of light, And they were behind us, reflected in the pool. Then a cloud passed, and the pool was empty. Go, said the bird, for the leaves were full of children, Hidden excitedly, containing laughter. Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind Cannot bear very much reality.

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I hope that none of these children hidden in the leaves have big blonde "brothers" that secretly want to kill them. And no, I don't feel like letting it go.

Posted by Charles_Mudede_Is_A_Latent_Racist | May 28, 2008 2:21 PM


Why do you hate Architecture so much?

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | May 28, 2008 3:07 PM

Probably just the angle this photo was taken from, but it reminds me of a flak tower. Say, Charles, you're a fan of concrete, right? How 'bout them flak towers?

Posted by CP | May 28, 2008 7:58 PM

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