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He wants you to feel interrogated by his buildings.

 
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  1. OT: Talk about black history month.. y’all seen the new Kobe beef?

  2. Lagertha says:

    I actually, liked many of Maines’ buildings in the 90’s…whatever…sue me! Every architect-student learned about Aalto, Le Corbusier, Wright, in the 70’s-90’s....and, they wanted their work to matter. No architect wants their work to not matter.

    I have great stories about Alvar partying, every day, with his staff! He was genius- Finnish Genius. He cared more about drinking than architecture – fact, truth, whatever.

  3. The whole sketch is here, after a minute-and-a-half of Gumbies.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    , @Lagertha
  4. inertial says:

    This is hilarious. But I submit that the smell of piss is not a function of architecture (unless the architect himself pees in his building, like in the video.) Also, high-rise apartment buildings don’t, by themselves, cause crime.

    • Replies: @Kronos
  5. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Oh yes, if Gayle King were white I’m sure people would be lining up around the block to defend her right to speak freely about Kobe Bryant.

    • Agree: Malcolm X-Lax, Lurker
  6. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:

    Don’t blame him. The world is full of jerks and idiots.

    Blame his enablers.

  7. Lagertha says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Aalto was a family friend – we adored him. He was a crazy drunk, but that was normal.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
  8. Lagertha says:
    @Lagertha

    we all know that no humor will ever be gleaned by Aspergers people. Architecture is boring; it is not an exciting major in any Uni across the world.

    • Replies: @anonymous coward
  9. Kronos says:
    @inertial

    Also, high-rise apartment buildings don’t, by themselves, cause crime.

    True, but they highly correlate. I believe the Japanese architect of Pruitt-Igoe once stated that Asian families would’ve behaved very well in the complex. Its very much the driver, not the car.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Svevlad
  10. Believe it or not, the dialogue in this clip is not that far off how they speak in college-level Architecture courses.

    I’ve attended Koolhaas and Eisenman lectures.

    Rem seems like a fairly normal guy you could have beers with. He also recognized how major cities around the globe were becoming more alike, thus creating an undesirably homogenized experience for the traveler.

    Eisenman is as small and drab as his photos. His architecture is the same.

  11. @Kronos

    I believe the Japanese architect of Pruitt-Igoe once stated that Asian families would’ve behaved very well in the complex. Its very much the driver, not the car.

    Japanese-American. He was from Seattle. His parents weren’t, but in 1912 few Seattleites’ were.

    It’s buried in documentation and local news stories of the time that Yamasaki’s original plan consisted of a balanced mix of high- and low-rise buildings, possibly even some single-family dwellings. The Saint Louis Housing Authority saw that the high-rises were more “efficient”, i.e., cheaper, and he was told to go with those alone. Blame them, not him.

    Same with his other great demolition, the WTC. It was the Rockefeller brothers’ egos in charge.

    Before Pruitt and after the war– during which he designed bunkers in the U.S. Army– he made a pilgrimage of sorts to his father’s village in northern Japan. He praised the effects of their traditional mode of design.

    Sadly, once back home, he forgot all about tradition and went along with Western fads. The wrong kind of assimilation.

    Yes, the demographics of the tenants is paramount. But good architecture ameliorates problems, while had architecture aggravates them.

    Two advantages low-rises might have given to Pruitt: enough of the “talented tenth” might have stayed to police the rest, and they could have been used as a carrot for good behavior in the high-rises.

    • Replies: @Kronos
  12. Isn’t Norman Foster responsible for many of the world’s most horrible designs? Rhetorical. He’s a hack, IMHO.

    Recall H. L. Mencken’s essay titled “The Libido for the Ugly.” We now live in a different age. What a wonderful writer he was!

    • Agree: Kronos
  13. Kronos says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Yes, the demographics of the tenants is paramount. But good architecture ameliorates problems, while had architecture aggravates them.

    Is there an architectural design that places blacks at ease?

  14. I think Tucker Carlson is right (and the satire in this video). They hate humanity.

  15. Joseph A. says:

    AbFab had Bettina and Max. Here is their kitchen redesign from “White Box”:

    (4:02 to 7:35)

  16. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Don’t F with Snoop! He’s white America’s most beloved unrepentant 120 lb crack-dealing racist pimp.

    • LOL: BB753
  17. On the issue of windows and walls, perhaps some innovative architect could find some happy medium between the Pennsylvania State Archives and the Welcome-to-Boston-here-have-a-free-window-pane John Hancock Tower. I hear it’s been done before.


    • Replies: @Kronos
  18. @Lagertha

    it is not an exciting major in any Uni across the world

    I don’t agree. Here in this part of the world architecture is what artists study if they want a prestigious/high-paying job; effectively, the upscale version of the arts major.

    • Replies: @Bubba
  19. ricpic says:

    I vant you to feel…..tired.

    Hysterical satire.

  20. ricpic says:

    They’re all the children of that human hater, Le Corbusier.

  21. Erik L says:

    WRT those windowless AT&T buildings, I thought those might be where the big internet pipes come in and all the local distribution branches from. I used to live next door to one and the parking garage across the street had an insane number of conduits in the ceiling, all labeled with the names of internet and cable providers, and heading towards the building.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
  22. Kronos says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    They kinda remind me of the mega-projects from Judge Dredd.

    • Replies: @Kibernetika
  23. Bubba says:
    @anonymous coward

    “… architecture is what artists study if they want a prestigious/high-paying job; effectively, the upscale version of the arts major.”

    True, but there’s the problem of “a prestigious/high-paying job” for graduating architects. My father helped Philip Johnson avoid some financial and legal issues many, many moons ago.He told me that most of the ivy league architectural “interns” that worked for Johnson did so for minimum wage well into their 30’s. He noticed this among other prestigious architectural firms too. Unless you have strong connections with a well known architectural firm that has a high paying job waiting for you upon college/university graduation, it’s not worth it today. The architectural clique is no different from the art world – it’s who you know.

  24. El Dato says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Not interested in seeing animals speak to webcameras, but have any Twitter “Community Standards” ben broken?

  25. d.deacon says:

    This clip shows how Whispanic leftists are the worst. They are already part of a small bourgeois white elite caste that is denatured and disconnected from their nations due to racial dynamics, but due to being leftists they also hate these white elites they cannot help but belong to. Meaning, these Whispanics are self-hating, on one hand due to feeling guilty for lording over the Mayanos et al, on the other hand because they are disconnected colonials who try to run their havoc-filled mixed societies while aping Europe and America through SJW-globohomo values. Just like 50-100 years ago it became en vogue among Whispanics to stop burning Jews in effigy in Holy Week and start using Christmas trees (and having “vernacular Masses”) like the Americans (or, before ww2, Germans), now it’s become en vogue among Whispanics to watch both the whole Fast and Furious saga and the Parasite sjw-film and say they’re great – because Rotten Tomatoes and Netflix recommend them thus. They have become like Jews, rootless elites. Among them, Whispanic leftists may read more and be able to engage in higher conversation, but like this architect shows, deep down they are even more self-hating and pulling off the trick of loving both bourgeois and degenerate art. At least the poorer and/or based (and/or white) Hispanics tend to know their place in the world…

  26. Svevlad says:
    @Kronos

    Yup.

    In communist societies all the scum either got executed or sent to shitty work settlements. All the tower blocks were instead populated by ordinary folks, and oh look they’re nice places now

  27. @Kronos

    That Alternatino mockumentary isn’t very far from reality (everyone knows that’s why it’s so comedic). Just reminded me of a party at a sculptor’s apartment back in the day. I got into some trouble because I referred to a Wassily chair as a Breuer chair or something. Books about design and architecture were produced to educate me. “OK, I’ll just sit on the couch.”

    There was an author there who had caused quite a stir with his debut novel. But it really sucked, so now he is a publisher of other works that suck. He sat down next to me and started to brag about how Morrissey had invited him backstage after a New York show. I coughed/laughed uncontrollably for a minute or so before regaining composure. Then this “great author” leaned in conspiratorally and asked if I knew where he could score some LSD. What a loser.

    The English novelist J. G. Ballard wrote a cool novel, High Rise, that dealt with a lot of the “self-contained city in a high rise” stuff back in the ’70s. BBC did a radio dramatization; I haven’t yet read the novel, must admit. Looks like they’ve made a film adaptation!

  28. Escher says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Awesome to see an (ex) ambassador potty mouthing in public.
    BTW what is it with people assigning themselves titles on their twitter handles? She’s no longer a diplomat, is she?

    • Replies: @Autochthon
  29. @Bubba

    Don’t go into architecture unless you have the genes to live a long time. Architects make most of their money after age 60.

    • Agree: Bubba
    • Replies: @Dissident
  30. Kronos says:

    The English novelist J. G. Ballard wrote a cool novel, High Rise, that dealt with a lot of the “self-contained city in a high rise” stuff back in the ’70s. BBC did a radio dramatization; I haven’t yet read the novel, must admit. Looks like they’ve made a film adaptation!

    They did, I quite enjoyed it.

  31. I have to admit, my favorite Ugliest Building Ever is getting some serious competition.

  32. I want you to feel motherless.

    That video is sublime.

    Fjuck you!!!

  33. @Erik L

    The “windowless” AT&T buildings used to house telephone switching systems and has backup generators and batteries. Since they are considered vital to national defense and economic continuity, they are designed with combat in mind.

  34. MBlanc46 says:

    It was so true to life that I fell for it for the first minute or so.

  35. @Bubba

    True, but there’s the problem of “a prestigious/high-paying job” for graduating architects.

    I wish I had the link handy…but I read a story about a study that compared the amount of credentials to enter a profession versus typical (average? median?) compensation. They found that Architecture had by far the worst ratio – lots of degrees and licenses were required for very low pay.

    So, folks in this field have something else to be bitter about.

    • Replies: @Kronos
  36. @Morton's toes

    I’m having a hard time believing that is really reddit. The number of sane, conservative comments with tons of upvotes just seem so out of place.

  37. @Escher

    By longstanding convention and tradition, dignitaries and muckity-mucks retain their titles in polite address after they leave office; thus, one would still address George Bush as “President Bush” or Jim Mattis as “General Mattis” in formal usage.

    It’s probably not wise, as it detracts from humility in public service, but gone are the days of Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus and George Washington….

    Still, one’s using that title himself is tacky. These are the kinds of people whose business cards read “Dr. John Smith, Ph.D.”

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
  38. @Autochthon

    I once knew a guy with an honorary doctorate who insisted on being addressed as Doctor. Biggest tool I’d ever met.

  39. Ragno says:

    Very funny. Yet the architect being spoofed – Denmark’s Bjarke Ingels – is beyond parody. Right down to his ubersilly name. And his creations look like concept sketches from IDIOCRACY.
    https://i.postimg.cc/g2yyYSbF/1710-Bjarke-Ingels-Group-Grove-at-Green-Bay-Miami-01.jpg

  40. Art Deco says:
    @Bubba

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics data has the following for architects (benefits not included):

    1. Mean annual salary: $88,900
    2. Median annual salary: $79,400
    3. 25th percentile: $61,300
    4. 10th percentile: $48,000

    The mean annual salary is similar to what the generic college teacher is paid.

    The ratio of working practitioners to new entrants varies from profession to profession in fancy bourgeois occupations, but for most tends to cluster around 22.5. There are currently 104,000 working architects. About 4,000 Master’s in architecture are awarded each year right about now and 5,600 baccalaureate degrees. The respective ratios are 26 to 1 and 18.6 to 1. Don’t doubt there are a certain number of graduates who cannot build a career, but I don’t think there is the kind of reserve army of unemployables that you see among recipients of law degrees.

  41. Kronos says:
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    That’s why you own the concrete company like in the video.

  42. Dissident says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Don’t go into architecture unless you have the genes to live a long time. Architects make most of their money after age 60.

    That reminds me of a quote I saw attributed to the late Eubie Blake:
    If I would have know when I was younger that I was going to live so long, I would have taken better care of myself.

    Incidentally, there would appear to some dispute or confusion over the year that Blake, who died in 1983, was born. Some sources give 1883, others 1887.

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