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June 29, 2004

Risky Buildings

Unloved buildings of historical significance.

Today, many important buildings of the twentieth century are not only neglected and unappreciated, but are severely decaying and under serious threat of being demolished. The majority of these buildings are made from concrete. Crumbling and stained, they lack the romance of polished marble or rough-hewn stone. Desolate car parks and redundant shopping centres seldom attract the sympathy and support of the public, despite being of potentially great architectural importance.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 29, 2004 08:29 AM

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You know, there usually is a damn good reason why these buildings are unloved and allowed to deteriorate: they are UGLY and inhuman to boot... true triumphs of architectural theory over actual human needs and desires. If someone wants to preserve them, I say move them all to some sort of architecture park so that they can be saved without us actually having to be around them.

(Can you now guess why the campus architect always tries to avoid me? ;-)

Posted by: Varenius at June 29, 2004 03:57 PM