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post #136 of 3276
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-the stacks are organized continuously by dui decimal......


Dui? Really? Sigh. I hate text-like typing. Besides, give the man his due, it's Dewey.

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post #137 of 3276
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Insane house in La Jolla...currently listed for $32 million!!













Check out the garage:


The house used in the Iron Man movie.
post #138 of 3276
^ That bedroom is unbelievable.
post #139 of 3276
Prince Charles's Firestation ... Bwaa ha ha ha!

Prince Charles's Poundbury fire station is a daft mess
Justin McGuirk

This royally-appointed, Parthenon-meets-Brookside hybrid is architectural dabbling of the worst kind


Prince Charles, that purveyor of fine Duchy sausages and scourge of modern architecture, has just completed his first building: a fire station in the twee village of Poundbury, Dorset. And I must say it's a superb creation: a dumpy neoclassical Georgian palace with three garage doors attached to it. It's the Parthenon meets Brookside.

Everybody knows that the prince likes to hold forth, mostly disapprovingly, on the architectural state of the nation. A quarter of a century ago he branded the proposed extension to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square a "monstrous carbuncle", and the phrase has lingered on infamously as an emblem of British conservatism. Nowadays, he prefers to lead by example, and Poundbury is his vision of the ideal town: ie a traditional Georgian village. It's an escapist fantasy that is somehow no more authentic than one of those Japanese Olde England theme parks, despite being home-grown.

But Poundbury is his pet project, and why shouldn't he have a play? Throughout history, lots of heads of state have indulged their architectural visions: Hitler, Mussolini, Saddam Hussein and, of course, "mad" King Ludwig of Bavaria, who commissioned the Walt Disneyesque castle of Neuschwanstein. Even Kim Jong Il dabbles a bit. Interestingly, in his own sandpit, Charles reveals the same weakness for pretentious kitsch as his totalitarian forebears. But you have to pity him a little – all he got to exercise his talents was a fire station.



Tasteless... The faux balcony with black drainpipes. Photo: Phil Yeomans/BNPS

Now, there's no doubt that Charles has skim read the odd architecture pattern book, and can crank out a few pediments, pilasters and oculi windows, but a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. If you were momentarily fooled that this was the work of an architect, check out the two black drainpipes dropped down on either side of the faux balcony. Nice. Like designing a Bentley with the exhaust pipe sticking out of the roof.

But let's not nitpick. The real problem here is not the detailing, it's the underlying project. Exactly what aspect of our heritage is this mess trying to defend? It's just daft. It's not even post-modern. Post-modernism was essentially Pavlovian: you see columns and you think "civic architecture". It was supposed to help people understand the city. But if you stumbled across this freakish hybrid, you'd be deeply confused. And that's because it's embarrassed about what it is.

I think the good firemen of Poundbury should be forced to wear Regency breeches and powdered wigs, and rush to their infernos in a red barouche carrying water in wooden pails. The poor, hapless souls. Kill this building. Kill it with fire.

My opinion is not unanimous, though. The comments on the Daily Mail's website testify to that. "I like it. It looks nice," writes Don, sweetly. "That is a rather stunning piece of work, well done Charles!! Much better than the modern tat inflicted on us in city centres!!!" writes Stef. Come on, your highness, we know that's you.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesi...tion-poundbury
post #140 of 3276
Why, it could almost be the work of Robert Venturi.
post #141 of 3276
^ Hmm,

The lack of any irony or context makes it only 'Venturiesque' in a stylistically superficial way.
post #142 of 3276
I was being facetious.
post #143 of 3276
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I was being facetious.

Oh ...sorry.

Prince Charles lives in a dreamworld.

I love Post-Modern Classicism ....Michael Graves is a personal favourite of mine. But unlike Quinlan Terry (Prince Charles's favourite architect) who would like to live in the 18th century, Graves (like Venturi, Jencks, Stern, etc.) doesn't reject Modernism. His work attempts to reinvigorate and expand Modernism with historical references ...in an ironic (but informed) way.







post #144 of 3276
Robert M. Stern is the much more talented nostalgic peer of Graves. Graves is an utter abomination to the profession of architecture. There's a reason he's been slowly taken out of the professional circle and been reduced to designing tea kettles and salt shakers for Target the last 10 years.
post #145 of 3276
Here are a couple of my favorite recent houses. Ring House by TNA Architects, Japan Dairy House by Skene Catling de la Pena in Somerset, England Good House by Preston Scott Cohen
post #146 of 3276
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Robert M. Stern is the much more talented nostalgic peer of Graves. Graves is an utter abomination to the profession of architecture. There's a reason he's been slowly taken out of the professional circle and been reduced to designing tea kettles and salt shakers for Target the last 10 years.
LOL, well I have to admit that his best work was done over 20 years ago ...but an "abomination" ...Hmm, a little harsh don't you think?
post #147 of 3276
He's one of the most despised people in our profession. He practically wrote the gospel of tasteless architecture.
post #148 of 3276
HA ha ....it's funny, whenever I see his work, I think of Philip Glass music.

I think there is some genius in his work -- in time, maybe he will be more appreciated.

Do you like the work of Ettore Sottsass?



post #149 of 3276
StephenHero , Did Michael Graves design those?
post #150 of 3276
Ettore Sottsass





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