Tag Archives: Architecture

Creative Maintenance

Kurt Vonnegut noted, “Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.” The consequence, of course, is that everything we build, that has any longevity, eventually crumbles and decays. No matter … Continue reading

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Confidence of Line

I spent an afternoon in the Pompidou Centre, viewing their permanent collection of modern art.  It’s a magnificent collection, well worth seeing, with works by some of my favourite artists, including Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky, Lichtenstein, Goncharova and Larianov.  Having all … Continue reading

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The Architecture of Greed

Camille Pissarro, one of the great but less celebrated impressionists, sought refuge from the Franco-Prussian war of 1870 in suburban Norwood, in London.  While there, he painted many of the street scenes in and around the area, venturing as far … Continue reading

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The Living Room

In Britain, some of the more popular shows on the television are about buying properties by the sea.  It’s escapist entertainment for suburbanites (I’m one of them).  You can watch these shows and dream, for a moment, about escaping your … Continue reading

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Where the Magic Happens

This has been one of those weeks where a few seemingly unrelated ideas were brought to my attention, but they got me thinking about what connects them all.  The first thing I saw was an article about flourishing.  (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/17/science/17tierney.html).  Martin … Continue reading

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The Pros and Cons of Bauhaus

Bauhaus design and the aesthetic it embodies are problematic for me.  I both love and hate Bauhaus at the same time. On the one hand, I like the idea of the built environment, the furnishings and the art within being … Continue reading

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