Date: 2019-01-13 11:21 am (UTC)
cmcmck: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cmcmck
Sadly, what it seems a lot of people do is to have an 'accidental' fire and claim on the insurance...........

Date: 2019-01-13 01:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] claudeb
Yeah, that's what people do in my neck of the woods. Sadly, they do this with historical monuments of actual value, that really deserve a better fate.

The building in the story doesn't qualify. It's yet another of those giant Modernist/Brutalist piles of concrete that can only be described as megalomaniac, designed to look good on the architectural plan and in photos, but not to be, you know, at all friendly to the human beings who were going to use it. Possibly without much of a choice. No wonder the style was mostly favored by Communist regimes: it's fundamentally anti-human.

Note: I say this as a visual artist who grew up immersed in exactly this kind of architecture (and urbanism), and found it fascinating enough to try and explore it in my art. But after a point they all look the same. The traits the article calls unique/distinctive? They are in fact so typical for this kind of building, I almost yawned.

Nowadays the same thing is happening all too often with office towers and luxury high-rises. People stubbornly refuse to learn, now do they.

Date: 2019-01-13 05:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cmcmck
It's what I like about Erno Goldfinger's work- a modernist but one who insisted that his buildings were liveable.

He spent some months living in each of his projects once completed.

Date: 2019-01-13 06:01 pm (UTC)
claudeb: (Default)
From: [personal profile] claudeb
Oh! I've heard of Trellick Tower before, and 2 Willow Road looks very unusual. Thanks for the pointer!

Date: 2019-01-13 11:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] calimac
The unwanted building looks like a cross between a Star Wars battle-droid and a parking garage. Trash it.

Interesting that the Hamilton article refers to Jefferson's political party as the "Democratic-Republicans". That's a nonce name, never used at the time, applied by historians to distinguish it from other parties with similar names. They mostly don't do that any more. Recent books usually call it the Jeffersonian Republican party, or just Republican (the name its adherents actually used) in such a way to be clear they're not discussing the later party of the same name.

Posting about children: great sense here.

I don't see what sending dick pics has to do with validation, but the need for validation one man mentions is real. We all need to be assured we're OK. Not great, just OK. Yet that seems awfully hard to understand by those who are being asked to give it, and not just when the asking takes the form of sending dick pics.

But in the vast majority of complaints that I see against "political correctness", the complainer specifies exactly what they think they're being told they can't say. Sometimes they're right; they can't. (See James Watson below.)

One reason introverts don't packbond with their co-workers is fear that, it not being a native language to them, they'll do it badly, and will be worse off than if they hadn't tried. Look at those guys who send dick pics.

Date: 2019-01-14 02:09 am (UTC)
snippy: Lego me holding book (Default)
From: [personal profile] snippy
On dickpics--but they're not asking. They're specifically not asking for validation, they did not get consent to the interaction in advance, they are forcing someone to look and then hoping for the reaction they want without telling the recipient what reaction they want.

Date: 2019-01-13 02:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] e_d_young
Packbonding ... *sigh*. Even at my age, the way OP laid out the reality of it was very helpful. Perfect timing for my current situation.

Date: 2019-01-13 06:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mountainkiss
Playing for the other team here. I think that building is absolutely stunning.

Date: 2019-01-14 08:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] poshmerchant
I agree. Once humanity demolishes most of the brutalist buildings, we'll realize that they were beautiful and miss them.

Brutalism reminds me of Romanesque architecture, which is also both ugly and timeless.

Date: 2019-01-15 12:26 pm (UTC)
ratcreature: Word. RatCreature nods. (word.)
From: [personal profile] ratcreature
I like it too. At least they tried to do interesting and unique things with concrete, and were bold. And even if it is not to everyone's taste, historical value isn't just what the lowest common denominator for being considered pretty is, so preservation should not just protect the easy things, that everyone wants to keep anyway. Though of course it is not helped by falling into disrepair.

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