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Old 12-31-2021, 10:13 AM   #501 (permalink)
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Spectacular stand-alone buildings like the above are great for making your name as an architect, but in European cities, already chockablock with architectural gems, I like the fitting-in style of design which has the fancy name of "Contextualism". If ever a single building defined this approach, it's this one:-



It's modern, but it works as a perfect compliment to what's there already. Together, each building looks better than they would've done on their own. Instead of slap-in-the-face architecture, this is well-mannered architecture that respects, even enhances, the past.
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Old 12-31-2021, 10:59 AM   #502 (permalink)
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Zaha Hadid is an architect with a huge international reputation. Good for her to have done so well (as an Iraqi woman) in a profession dominated by guys. She has been dubbed “The Queen of The Curve” because here and elsewhere, she has done for building materials what Salvador Dali did for watches: melted them.
Something between a Plane and BIG Fish in my mind....
That is certainly huge and impressive, not sure it would look good in my commune though..mostly Ancient...


This picture was not saved to anything but straight off the web page....
The view is almost the same today..A couple of the old houses have caravans in the gardens to live in whilst they are renovating there really cheap properties they purchased...Sauze Vaussis is 5 minutes from our commune..really it would be classed as a village these days.
The Street to the front right had at one time shops all along it..I arrived and there where none until you get to the far right corner, a Hairdressers and the other side there are several shops, then around to the main square Banks, Bars, Post Office and a Co-op shop that is not too bad for a stand alone shop with prices...Super U is further on and takes all the trade like super markets do in England..
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Cannot remember if I done an item on Pigeonneir Houses
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Some are quite elaborate.




This one is very close to Sauze Vaussais near to where I live...



Finale one a mobile one during the World War 1
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Old 01-11-2022, 08:16 AM   #505 (permalink)
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Something between a Plane and BIG Fish in my mind....
Those images didn't occur to me, Dianne - I thought (right-hand side of building) of a woman in a headscarf. Most dramatic modern buildings get a nickname, don't they? In London they have "The Gerkin" and "The Walkie-Talkie". I'd say that it's a credit to Zaha Hadid's design that we can't decide what nickname to give it. Well done, ZH

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This one is very close to Sauze Vaussais near to where I live...
That's a great building! Very unusual looking, even though the geometry isn't that complicated. I wonder if the guy who designed Mexico City's "Monument to the Revolution" visited your bird-house first:-



Frankly, of the two, I prefer the bird-house.
I also liked your photo of the bus, especially the pigeon on the guy's head! Strange concept, strange vehicle.
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Prompted by a conversation with Batlord about how attractive bare brick can be, I though about houses like this that you can often see in England:-



It's an object lesson in how to ruin a whole terrace of houses by not honouring the original material. The house owner clearly never absorbed the message of Bertrand Russell's comment on educating children: "You can't turn a cabbage into a rose, but you can turn it into a good cabbage."
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Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey, opened in 1876, demolished in 2015. Even the main entrance block (the Kirkbride Building) with its many columns has gone, thanks to:-
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...which makes this footage one of the best ways to see this complex of buildings. (According to wiki, "the base of this building was the alleged largest continuous foundation in the United States from the time it was built until it was surpassed by the Pentagon in 1943", which is admittedly grasping at straws to get yourself into the record books.)



At its peak it housed over 7,000 patients - the most famous being Woody Guthrie who was there for 6 years. The Guthrie family put BDylan on the Permitted Visitors list, and the 19-year old Bob became a regular visitor and friend to Woody during his declining years.

The US has never fought off an invasive war on its own territory, so it's lucky to have governors like Christie who are helping to destroy the USA's heritage without the inconvenience of an invading army.
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The US has never fought off an invasive war on its own territory, so it's lucky to have governors like Christie who are helping to destroy the USA's heritage without the inconvenience of an invading army.
Careful, Lisna. You might get someone to go, "Oh, yeah, what about the commies who are destroying American heritage by taking down Confederate statues?"
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^ HaHa! There was a debate about Confederate statues here a few years back. At first I took the position that "They're history, they should be left in place," but Janzoon convinced me otherwise, explaining that they celebrate an oppression that many Americans find offensive. I think many have now been transferred to museums where their presence is less "in your face".
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Isn't it a little early in the morning to be talking about gothic architecture?
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Isn't it a little early in the morning to be talking about gothic architecture?
Anytime is the right time for gothic architecture, Tristan!!
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