Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by mafoofan, Jun 16, 2013.
no I like that building
My wife who is the family arbiter of all things pc re- educated me as to the avoidance of the term oriental but I never really understood the objection . Any one care to enlighten an old man whose lost a huge part of his vocabulary in the last 20 years
but stuff like this, even though I don't completely hate the building below.
some recent buildings from starchitects just remind me of the building equivalent of the Chair One with concrete base.
Part of it is simply that for PC to be at its most effective, terminology must change and it must become a thought crime to use the old terminology. E.g., "colored people" was a polite upper class term 40-50 years ago but is now absolutely verbotten, though "people of color" is vogue.
But also a part of it was (the loathesome) Edward Said's screed "Orientalism" (1978), which although about the Near and Middle rather than the Far East, turned "Oriental" into a dirty word. It takes a while for these changes to take effect but by the late 1980s, the pressure was on.
At Berkeley, the equally loathesome Ron Takaki led the charge against the word.
How can you say such a thing? Stern is ModTrad, not ConTrad.
It's a term used by cisgender males to privilege their colonial home-base as the point from which directions are determined. So from their racist perch, Asia appears in the Orient (i.e., East)
I suppose I never spend any time thinking about his buildings
Ah Berkeley say no more . For a resident of an equally progressive city down the coast that explains a lot .
This will make Mike almost as sad as Edward Said... It was a beautiful old Willis Polk house in Russian Hill which Stern Post-modernized in his 80s style.
I adore Willis Polk.
What do you think of the Filoli Mansion?
Fabulous, maybe the best house in California.
I only quibble with the way he did the chimneys
Confession: our apartment is ConTrad.
You mean archtiecturally, right? Because if it's so because of what's inside it, how is that not your fault?
No, the building is pre-war. The apartment itself is ConTrad. The finishings (tile work, cabinets, etc.) in the bathroom and kitchen give it away.
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