Swings and Roundabouts

The debate about Quinlan Terry’s Seven Misunderstandings about Classical Architecture is fascinating, but largely overlooks the reality that Terry’s buildings – as fine as some of them undeniably are – exist in a different socio-economic stratosphere to the rest of us. Terry’s seven points are all very well, but the obvious wealth of his clients and the paucity of ‘small’ projects in his portfolio is a clear demonstration that his is an elitist architecture, as aloof and detached in its own way as the arrogant and over-bearing imposition that so many ‘iconic’ modern buildings make on their surroundings. There’s clearly no shortage of demand for contemporary buildings in a traditional – I, II, III, etc. etc. – but these are not even remotely comparable to the level of attention to detail and craft in a typical Terry project.


Michael Danner has a photographic series of Berlin’s ongoing car fires / The Mayor Project, photography by Dana Lixenberg of ‘the mayors of 22 different [Dutch] municipalities’ / The Antikythera Mechanism in Lego, via a MeFi link to this exhaustive post on Hublot’s clever, lavish and expensive Antikythera Watch / after CoolBrands comes Superbrands comes Indie Brands, the latest in a long line of attempts to categorise and calibrate the nebulous nature of modern branding / Please help me identify the most physically remote areas of the continental United States of America. Worth some time in Google Streetview. Below, Valentine, Texas.

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