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i have to go to work now, but someone find me some better photos please
As is the Gateshead one. http://www.bdonline.co.uk/carbuncle-cup-trinity-square-gateshead/5070309.article
Unfortunately these kind of things are what happens when the major supermarket chains get a foothold in town centres, killing off the highstreet to the extent that schemes like this become seen as the only way to rescue a town, when in fact they kill it off for a generation.
Hurrah for the market!
the unite building in stratford. it's truly fucking shite - the whole building is presented almost like it's a viewing platform that happens to have hundreds of rip off rooms to rent to rich international students around the stairwell
there's a massive new student development near me that's covered in it.
(amusingly so are some of the really expensive blocks in this ongoing luxury development called the Quartermile)
Stuff of nightmares really... The "Hello" sign above the door makes me sad
hey building fans
i'm enjoying this
series on al jazeera at the moment. it's about architecture and social action and stuff like that.
that 'k' you've put in your thread title!
Unfortunate conflict of interest on the judging panel there - and Prince Charles's architectural advisor too. Oof.
Can someone explain the Berlin airlift reference please?
In essence: "The Berlin blockade (24 June 1948 – 12 May 1949) was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War. During the multinational occupation of post–World War II Germany, the Soviet Union blocked the Western Allies' railway, road, and canal access to the sectors of Berlin under allied control. Their aim was to force the western powers to allow the Soviet zone to start supplying Berlin with food, fuel, and aid, thereby giving the Soviets practical control over the entire city."
I've seen it used before in reference to these kind of projects - where a single, dominant supermarket stages a huge landgrab, seeking to smother any competition and make a town centre a mono-shop place.
From the line about "cladding and massing strategy" I thought it might be some obscure reference to them looking like barrage balloons or something.
Condemning Tesco for making a landgrab to smother competition is is like giving a skunk an award for smelliest mammal or something.
that were rushed up in the immediate aftermath of the second world war.
At least in that respect its appearance is appropriate, I guess.
The Guardian clearly didn't fancy explaining it.
LEAVE ME ALONE
and I like the Bath uni one.
The Gateshead one is the worst. Although it provides great free parking for Newcastle city centre!
Reckon it'll be exalted in the same way the Barbican is now in 50 years time. If it hasn't fallen down by then.
I think it was more the case that it went out of fashion pretty quickly, rather than it was hated by critics at the time it was built.