I'm a big fan of the Pompidou, though I'm sure it has its detractors.
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The Daily Planet Building.
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The Seagram Building
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That Batman looking building in Nashville
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I love the Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A.
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I was going to say the Seagram Building. Instead, here's Case Study House #22
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Hold me R4,I`m scared!
|by Anonymous||reply 6||04/17/2013|
Literally every single photo posted in this thread is of an ugly building.
the Grand Palais
the Woolworth Building
These are beautiful buildings.They are the ones still standing. Many of the movie palaces built in early 20th century are among my favorites, too.
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They are such beautiful buildings (esp. Beekman Place), R7, that they deserve pictures.
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the Woolworth Building, celebrating its centennial next week!!
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The Woolworth Building
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I guess you meant Beekman [italic]Street[/italic], R7.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||04/17/2013|
The Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, only 24 years behind schedule and now nearing completion.
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|by Anonymous||reply 13||04/17/2013|
The Conservatory of Flowers, in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. It's an odd old place, but quite lovely.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||04/17/2013|
India's "Golden Temple" looks rather faaabulous in pictures.
I wonder what it smells like, in real life?
|by Anonymous||reply 15||04/17/2013|
The Chrysler Building.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||04/17/2013|
Those Frank Gehry buildings like the Lillian Disney Hall always look like they were built to propitiate Cthulhu.
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Sydney Opera House. It looks great in the daytime and they can do some great lighting effects at night.
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Pompidoooooo was a huge controversy when it was built...all the piping on the outside...those pictures don't really show...and they demolished great buildings for it. I love modern architecture but up close and when you are there it really is hideous...
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The Pompidou is just a gimmick that has turned into kitsch. The rationale of the guts-on-the-outside silliness is betrayed by the difficulties of the interior.
France should wait 10 more years and then quietly demolish it. If allowed to stand it will be a permanent stain on Paris, like bird shit allowed to remain on the tableware when dining al fresco.
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Milwaukee Art Museum by Calatrava
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The Milwaukee Art Museum annoys me because the fancy bit is just the entrance.'
|by Anonymous||reply 22||04/18/2013|
De Waag, Amsterdam - the center of my spiritual universe
|by Anonymous||reply 23||04/18/2013|
Almost all of Oscar Niemeyer: Copan, National Congress, St Francis Church, Niteroi Art Museum
|by Anonymous||reply 24||04/18/2013|
The new, permanent Titanic exhibition building in Belfast is stunning. I rated it with my first sight of the Sydney Opera House.
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|by Anonymous||reply 26||04/18/2013|
Beautiful, R26. And I'd never heard of it before.
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9 w 57 St NY NY
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R7 doesn't seem to know that the Seagram building is an architectural landmark.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||11/01/2014|
Orange County Courthouse, Orlando.
Slightly stucco, slightly art deco. So clean.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||11/01/2014|
Atheneum in New Harmony, Indiana
Getty Center in Los Angeles
both designed by Richard Meier
|by Anonymous||reply 31||11/01/2014|
When I see something like The Pompidou, I immediately think "How in God's name will they be able to dust all those surfaces?"
|by Anonymous||reply 32||11/01/2014|
London Natural History Museum.
Also, Big Ben
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Another pic of the London Natural History Museum.
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It was years ago but when I first saw the Pompidou, my first impression was "dated". It looked very shabby too although I think it's been repainted.
My favorite is the Flatiron Building. I also like the McGraw Hill Building on 42nd St.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||11/01/2014|
London draw bridge.
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The Pantheon in Rome
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The Pantheon, and Coliseum in Rome.
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Since this is from more than a year ago, I may have posted the Chrysler Building or Sydney Opera House links - both are favorites along with the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. I never walked into the Chrysler Building, but I've been in the other two.
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Singapore Sands SkyPark
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|by Anonymous||reply 41||11/01/2014|
The moon building. Dubai
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I like R2 and R5 choices, I love the clean lines but for a bit of romance I think Eilean Donan Castle is wonderful.
R42 that's a conceptual drawing, it doesn't exist.
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Markt Hal in Rotterdam
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|by Anonymous||reply 45||11/01/2014|
Nothing is prettier than this one!
|by Anonymous||reply 46||11/01/2014|
Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna, all decked out in Maria Therese yellow...
|by Anonymous||reply 47||11/01/2014|
Imam mosque, Isfahan, Iran (see link)
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Himeji Castle, Japan
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Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, Peterhof, Russia
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Look how they've Disneyfied St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow!
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City Palace Jaipur
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Matisse Chapel, Vence
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City Hall, Milwaukee USA
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Interior light court, Milwaukee City Hall
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Vandenburgh County Courthouse, Evansville, Indiana
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Alexander Hamilton Custom House, New York. At times the NY Customs House provided as much as 90% of the U.S. government's revenue. Of course that wasn't any longer the case when this was built, but it was still important.
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Nebraska Capitol, Lincoln
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Still love the Flatiron.
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The Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles
|by Anonymous||reply 60||11/01/2014|
Let's try that again..
The Wiltern Theatre
|by Anonymous||reply 61||11/01/2014|
some really good choices on this thread. I get a kick out of R46.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||11/01/2014|
Palazzo Ducale/Doges Palace, Venice
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The Borsen or Stock Exchange Copenhagen, built in the first part of the 17th century
Note the spire formed of entwined dragon tails, magnificent.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||11/01/2014|
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania
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Love the Flatiron
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modern building at 41 Cooper Square in New York City
|by Anonymous||reply 67||11/02/2014|
Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France
Château de Chambord in the Loire valley
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Château de Chenonceau
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LVMH building, 19 E 57th Street, New York
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[quote]Look how they've Disneyfied St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow!
What? They cleaned it? Gave it a fresh paint job? Don't see any mouse ears.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||11/02/2014|
A trite choice, but one that remains apt. The most beautiful building site in the world.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||11/02/2014|
It's hard to beat many of the Venetians buildings. Ca d'Oro, and the Doge's Palace, already shown, among them. I love the Venetian Gothic with Byzantine elements. Not too ornate, odd but well-balanced, decoratively brilliant but strong.
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|by Anonymous||reply 74||11/02/2014|
Almost all of John Lautner's houses. But Sheats Goldstein is the best.
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[There is nothing more tedious than a race baiting troll. Except the people that talk to it.]
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Metropol Parasol - an interesting modern wooden structure in Seville, Spain
|by Anonymous||reply 77||11/02/2014|
Some awesome buildings posted here.
I like that NYC is in the middle of building at least 2 future icons - WTC Transport Centre and the 57th St Pyramid
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Notre Dame de Paris.
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If you like the Seagram Building, you'll absolutely love the Toronto Dominion Centre, a collection of six buildings including the tallest of Van der Rohe's designs.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||11/02/2014|
Another view of the TD Centre, with the stunning Banking Pavillion in the lower right.
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[There is nothing more tedious than a race baiting troll. Except the people that talk to it.]
|by Anonymous||reply 82||11/02/2014|
Love this thread! Here are some of my favorite buildings:
The square Colloseum, Rome. A controversial building but sheer perfection.
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Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye, Paris.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||11/02/2014|
Subotica's art nouveau Synagogue.
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Church of Our Saviour in Copenhagen with a really cool belltower.
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Methuen City Hall, the former Searles School.
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Rietveld Schröder House, Utrecht.
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Lichtenstein castle, Germany.
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Stoclet House, Brussels.
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Sacra di San Michele abbey, Italy. This place was Umberto Eco's inspiration for that creepy monastery in The Name of the Rose.
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Museum of musical instruments in Brussels with some gorgeous iron-wrought details.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||11/02/2014|
And last, but not least-Šibenik's reneissance cathedral made completely out of white stone.
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Another view of Šibenik cathedral.
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Karl Marx Hof apartment complex in Vienna:
|by Anonymous||reply 95||11/02/2014|
The "Seven Sisters" in Moscow
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The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw
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The Chemosphere in LA
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(Messed up my link at r96)
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Ugh - last try.
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Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany
Castle Howard near York, England. location for the TV version of "Brideshead Revisited" from the '80s
MAXXI museum in Rome
HSBC Building and Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong
|by Anonymous||reply 101||11/02/2014|
not crazy about Frank Gehry's "melted" building at 8 Spruce Street in New York
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People who pick Seagram Building also pick Shakespeare as their favorite author; Mozart as their favorite composer; and Picasso as their favorite painter.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||11/02/2014|
don"t be silly, R103. A lot more people in the world are aware of Shakespeare than the Seagram building. It's not like everyone studies architectural history in high school.
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R104: That wasn't my point. To claim the Seagram Building as your favorite building is such a smug, yet dull, obvious choice.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||11/02/2014|
Great thread! R33, love the gargoyles on the Natural History Museum.
R81, I walk by the TD centre every day and always admire it.
R92 the Museum of Musical Instruments is a gem.
My choice is the new Opera House in Oslo, built to look like a fjord. You can walk right up it.
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How do you know the person who chose the Seagram building was trying to be smug, R103? You're reading a lot into that choice. Not everyone is as knowledgeable about architecture as you. I have more of an issue with R7 who wrote that all previous choices were ugly.
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Agree r102. I think Gehry's overrated and his aesthetic is generally best suited to exhibition-style buildings like The Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, which is awesome. Spruce St and this gem in Sydney are a mess.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||11/02/2014|
My favorite building was torn down before I was born.
The Chicago Paradise.
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[There is nothing more tedious than a race baiting troll. Except the people that talk to it.]
|by Anonymous||reply 110||11/02/2014|
Toronto Dominion Center is very like Chicago's Federal Center (see link) which is hated because of what it replaced.
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..which was this with its 330 foot high dome, which itself replace an older federal center...
|by Anonymous||reply 112||11/02/2014|
And that federal building had its columns and stones recycled in Milwaukee's St. Josaphat Basilica.
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Whereas St. Louis kept its original federal building.
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R114, the old St. Louis Post Office and Custom House, which you show, was begun in 1872, with construction hampered by its being accidentally built on quicksand. Its survival was the result of much work on preservationists' part, since it was slated for demolition and after its renovation languished as an interesting but not-much-wanted retail and office site.
Webster University came to its rescue by having it serve as its HQ for a downtown campus.
Just a little background. But, interestingly, I don't know that it's anyone's idea of a favorite building.
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I think my favorite building of all is the Laon Cathedral.
I love the good and sincere gothicness of its design. But there's something about the way the curves animate the facade and towers that separates it from other French Gothic wonders. The discovery that those figures all around its towers are not saints and angels but cows makes for a delight few buildings can match.
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All of the Gothic cathedrals of Europe are my favorites in a way, but if I had to pick one it'd probably be Notre Dame de Paris.
It's not necessarily the most beautiful and doesn't have the most perfect detailing, but IMHO it's setting in the heart of Paris makes it perfect. The island in the heart of the city, the plaza and the gardens surrounding it, the views as you stroll across the Seine, the way I can always walk to it from my hotel... Look, I live in the middle of nowhere, the idea of being able to *walk* from my hotel to one of the world's great art treasures thrills me.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||11/02/2014|
LA City Hall
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1009 Fifth Avenue, NY NY.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||11/02/2014|
R117, as an architecture buff who has spent years on (in and about) western European religious buildings, your choice of a favorite not only does consist of the finest representative of its type, but highlights how important setting is to our appreciation of buildings.
Your mentioning the setting of Notre Dame, its presence but its isolation in the center of the city, how its location allows one to see it from different sides - it IS perfect. Whether from the Quai de la Tournelle to the south or the Rue de Lobau or a little higher from the Quai de l'Hotel de Ville at a distance from the north, the view is wonderful. But then, on the Isle, approaching from Rue d'Arcole, you have that wonderful urban density yielding to the sudden discovery of the church and the square, which always feels empty no matter how people cluster towards the cathedral.
Yeah, MARY! I know. But in talking about buildings we love, and have seen rather than experienced from photos and plans, we have the real experience of the building. It's rather like the difference between falling for someone in a picture but never having the chance to kiss him. I love being at wonderful places when I can - the smell of Notre Dame, the stone after it rains, the dankness and incense inside, the echoes of tourists and the occasional choir practice, the shadows and light through the windows - ah.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||11/02/2014|
St. Gereon Cologne
|by Anonymous||reply 121||11/02/2014|
I used to work in this grand ornate office building in Detroit. But frankly, during the winter, it was a little dark and depressing.
|by Anonymous||reply 122||11/02/2014|
I like the Chrysler Building.
I like Buckingham Palace.
|by Anonymous||reply 123||11/02/2014|
Whereas this average suburban office building was so bright and cheerful, with the atrium trees and foutains, that during winter it was a pleasure to be there.
|by Anonymous||reply 124||11/02/2014|
This building is simply stunning!
In all the wrong ways...
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Whoops forgot to post the link!
|by Anonymous||reply 126||11/02/2014|
Hôtel de Soubise, Paris
Basilica of Ste. Clotilde, Paris
Church of Val-de-Grâce, Paris
Hôtel de Marigny - 23 avenue de Marigny, Paris. I like the tall black doors that lead to the courtyard and the bas relief above them.
Palais Jacques-Coeur in Bourges, France
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I definitely don't like the Gehry building in Sydney, R108. He's taking things a bit too far with that design. Eight Spruce Street is understated in comparison. The only problem with Spruce Street is that it's 870 feet high, so if you don't like it, it's hard to ignore. I do like Gehry's IAC Building at 555 W. 18th Street in New York - a bit flashy but not bad.
|by Anonymous||reply 128||11/02/2014|
a building called L'Hemisfèric, designed by Calatrava. It's located in the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain.
|by Anonymous||reply 129||11/02/2014|
Santa Maria della Salute, Venice
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The Disney building in LA is just a shrunken copy of Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
Not shrunken -- truncated.
Do. Not. Like.
I loved the Blue Whale in West Hollywood when it first went up in the 70s, but Green and Red turned it all into a joke.
I console myself with Case Study Houses.
|by Anonymous||reply 131||11/03/2014|
R125, R126's building is now claiming to be the largest building ever built.
|by Anonymous||reply 132||11/03/2014|
Temple of Heaven, Beijing
|by Anonymous||reply 133||11/03/2014|
Someday I hope to visit the Arirtsar Palace in India. Has anyone been there? It looks amazing.
|by Anonymous||reply 134||11/03/2014|
galleria at Brookfield Place in Toronto
|by Anonymous||reply 135||11/03/2014|
That is lovely R135, especially when you walk through at night.
|by Anonymous||reply 136||11/03/2014|
I don't live in Toronto, R136, but I have visited and photographed the galleria. The next time I'm in Toronto, I'll have a look at night.
|by Anonymous||reply 137||11/03/2014|
Burj Al Arab
I know it is so last Millennium, but I'd like to snoop around the engineering, and see the atrium.
|by Anonymous||reply 138||11/04/2014|
I've been to BCP. It is nice, that whole parbolic arch look.
I can't remember whether Datalounge likes this one or not. It seems a bit whimsical...
|by Anonymous||reply 139||11/04/2014|
The best realized Mies van der Rohe design was not actually done by him but by C.F. Murphy & Assoc. Michael Jordan used to live there.
|by Anonymous||reply 140||11/04/2014|
le chateau de Chenonceau
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[quote]The Chemosphere in LA
What's cool about that house is it is constructed so no moments are transferred from the ground to any point on the structure.
That is why it survives earthquakes.
|by Anonymous||reply 142||11/04/2014|
Nobody likes Habitation in Montreal?
|by Anonymous||reply 143||11/04/2014|
2 cube unit a vendre
|by Anonymous||reply 144||11/04/2014|
Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles
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|by Anonymous||reply 146||06/29/2015|
The Pompidou looks like a Communist worker's camp.
|by Anonymous||reply 147||06/29/2015|
How utterly brainless you are R147.
|by Anonymous||reply 148||06/29/2015|
Communists see architecture as a means of propaganda. The notion of radical expression of function over form is not something that has ever arisen in Communist circles. Radical aesthetic theories are always capitalist.
|by Anonymous||reply 149||06/29/2015|
Fascists, too, r149 -- all those buildings put up by Mussolini, and the Nazi Luftwaffe HQ (with the runway on top) are classic examples.
|by Anonymous||reply 150||06/29/2015|
R149 Displays of efficient utility IS their propaganda. Flourishes of the Belle Epoque were held-up as sentimental and decadent.
|by Anonymous||reply 151||06/29/2015|
R148 Thanks for your profound addition.
|by Anonymous||reply 152||06/29/2015|
R151 has obviously never been to Moscow.
|by Anonymous||reply 153||06/29/2015|
Bank of Georgia headquarters, Tbilisi by George Chakhava
|by Anonymous||reply 154||06/30/2015|
Cool looking new building in Vancouver
|by Anonymous||reply 155||06/30/2015|
I have to say, I'm a big fan of the new Whitney. I guess I have a type. What do people hate about it? The brutalism?
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|by Anonymous||reply 157||07/14/2015|
Municipal House, Prague
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Odd buildings, some with interesting engineering
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