LAST EDITED ON Jun-11-15 AT 07:18 PM (EDT)
>I love the factoid from that article about a resident of Paris
>attacking one of the architects when she discovered he was one of
>those responsible for it.
It's worth noting, perhaps, that Parisians are not historically adept at gauging these things: the Eiffel Tower was roundly hated when it was new, with many of the leading literary figures of Paris bleating that they would have to eat at its restaurant because you couldn't see the building from there.
That said, my beef with the Pompidou isn't necessarily that it's ugly as that it's precious about it. It's ugly on purpose, as if the architects actually went out of their way to taunt the people who were concerned that it wouldn't fit in with the context in which it was being constructed. "You better believe it won't! Filthy plebs. You don't understand my art!"
Also on the subjects raised in that article, I find I rather like the BT Tower, although less so now that it has no actual use. But I'm rather fond of those "antenna" buildings in general (the Space Needle, the CN Tower, the Kuwait Liberation Tower, those other ones in Kuwait City with the giant disco balls). I can't see being down on the Tempelhof terminal building either. That's what a major airport's public face should look like, not those godawful shopping mall things we have nowadays. Major travel hubs should be like Grand Central Terminal or the old Penn Station, regardless of mode of transport involved. :)
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