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December 8, 2011

Some Thoughts On Modern Architecture

Grub Street

Congratulations, Bruce Ratner! Even down under, your Brooklyn megaproject is synonymous with the sterile and mundane.

Compare Southbank and Docklands to South Yarra and Collingwood. Compare Canary Wharf to Bloomsbury. Compare Atlantic Yards to Greenwich Village. Which of these areas are indisputably the heart and soul of their respective cities? Which of them, on the other hand, feel like generic committee-designed redevelopment projects where everything, even the roads and footpaths, was built from scratch and is unsettlingly new? A Ballardian landscape of skin-crawlingly clean modern architecture?

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Posted by eric at December 8, 2011 10:38 AM