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Posted on 24 Jul 2012 15:54:37 BDT
Charlieost: It's a bit "Resident Evil" and there would probably be some fire safety issues but it could be the future.
G.B. Not very deep, as in not expanded upon, not fully explained, a bit simple, not discourse.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2012 10:33:43 BDT
O...K, thanks for the input Gary, why do you think my comment was <<not very deep>>?

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2012 10:32:28 BDT
Charlieost says:
Hi Gary. I think that the Shard looks like mock future. I think that no building should be over seven stories high and it is about time building down into the earth was looked into. Great insulation properties and a window/screen that looks out onto whatever you feel like. Tube trains running through the buildings. And no need to knock it down and tidy up after it is done with.

Whatdaya think?

Posted on 24 Jul 2012 06:13:50 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jul 2012 06:26:58 BDT
O...K, thanks for the input Gordon, not very deep but to the point

Posted on 23 Jul 2012 19:27:55 BDT
J A R P says:
London Eye feris wheel, Millenium Dome circus tent, Scrap Metal helter skelter at Stratford, the Death Slide (the Shard?).

Architects and their managers have reverted back to childhood and fairground memories. You want to sick with all that sweet candy floss and pointless nihilstic spinning around, up and down, round and round. Exactly who is to blame for all THAT? The seventies generation and their dope?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jul 2012 17:12:48 BDT
Wise words...spoken by a wise man....

Posted on 23 Jul 2012 17:10:02 BDT
<<Modern architecture: Thoughts?>>

I likes some of it, some of it I don't like...which is how I feel about old architecture.

Posted on 23 Jul 2012 16:48:21 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Jul 2012 16:49:34 BDT
I've got a big problem with most high streets as well.
Strip away all those gaudy backlit plastic shop signs, with phonetically spelt words and leary colours.
Make the shop fronts more in keeping with the style of the building.
We're not stoopid! There's no need to beat us over the head with logos' and in your face advertising.
The Lord Mayor of London should stop faffing about with bicycles and such and make this city beautiful to look at.
Same goes for any town UK
Check out Saffron Waldens shop frontage and compare it to Kilburn High Street.
Don't even get me started on advertising hoardings!!

Posted on 16 Jul 2012 15:00:05 BDT
Mr B Tonks says:
In the 70's town planners in most S Lancs conurbations got it into their heads that squat ugly concrete multi storey car parks were a must have accessory for any aspiring up and coming town that wanted to shake off its old industrial heritage.
I delivered a load to the new Tesco in St Helens the other day all glass fronted and shiny and not in the least aesthetically pleasing - compared to the huge crumbling 70's multi storey just down the carriageway though it was absolutely beautiful!

Posted on 16 Jul 2012 13:39:31 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jul 2012 14:37:17 BDT
I'm sure the phrase "carbon footprint" is used by many planners when proposing a new building. The cost of heating it, the cost of cooling it, the optimum use of space etc; All these thing are important of course but surely it is possible to construct a modern "green" building and create a facade that is in keeping with it's surroundings.

This new Tottenham Court Road station is on the edge of theatre land (with all it's old world charm) and it looks like a Lego building!
Centre Point ( I thought it had a new name but I was wrong), at that same road junction, is a ghastly edifice.
There must have been some under the table, cash in a brown evelope, deals to allow that ....THING.... to be put up.
Now, I think The Shard, the new glass tower on the south bank of London is a fabulous looking creation and is surrounded by other modern, glass fronted buildings in an area that is being totally redeveloped, so it fits in perfectly but if they had knocked down Centre Point and built it there, it would look horribly out of place.

Posted on 16 Jul 2012 09:54:42 BDT
It's all about money. Architects, even if they actually have any vision at all, are severely limited by how much money they are allowed to spend, so most new buildings are constructed in the cheapest manner possible.

The large buildings of Britain and Europe cannot be built any more, because only an expanding Empire that relies on subjugation, slavery and the rape of another country's resources can afford such lavish construction.

So, my opinion is that these glass monstrosities are a product of our greedy age, where economists rather than engineers design things, and obsolescence is inbuilt, due to the demands of the market, which is for expanding business in all things.

I sincerely hope future generations will look back and think how selfish and stupid our culture was. If they do not, it will be because we wasted so much that there are no future generations.

Posted on 15 Jul 2012 16:06:47 BDT
The town I live in recently refurbed the theatre into one of those big glass buildings, I personally think it's horrible. It just doesn't belong in the town, if that makes sense, there are some pretty ghastly buildings interspersed. I prefer older architecture over this fishtank look.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2012 16:02:36 BDT
Superb thread.
I live in north east England, we got some cracking architecure and engineering up here including:
-Millenium Bridge
-Sage Gateshead

The glass fronted look is all the range now, big business for window cleaners!!!
We are now seeing the death of some of polsum's ugly creations including the iconic multi-storey car park (ft. in Get Carter). However his work is still an ever present eye-sore up here only gradually coming down.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2012 16:02:08 BDT
The Fount sees beauty in all buildings...

Initial post: 15 Jul 2012 15:35:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jul 2012 17:37:38 BDT
Recently I was in London at the junction of Tottenham Court Road, Oxford St., and Charing Cross Road. The buildings on Charing Cross Road (opposite the Centre Point building, as was.) have gone to make way for the new Crossrail Tottenham Court Road station.
I looked on line and found they have demolished the wonderfully ornate buildings, including the Astoria theatre, that were there and intend to construct more of those cubist, glass fronted buildings that seem to be everywhere.
Walk along Oxford St. and its surrounds and you will see beautiful ornate buildings interspersed with dreadful 60's, 70's and more modern travesties
If you drive along the Westway M4 you will see lots of these soulless, characterless, glass monoliths. Some office blocks, some appartment blocks, most of them pig ugly.
Of course some modern architecure is stunning but if you have a area of say mainly Victorian buildings or Art Deco buildings, why replace any with modern designs that ruin the aesthetic beauty of said buildings
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