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:: There Are Many Architectures :: We, Self-proclaimed Heirs To

:: There Are Many Architectures :: We, Self-proclaimed Heirs To

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there are many
architectures
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we, self-proclaimed heirsto the
 
renaissance
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dreamy romantic glorificators
 
of 
europe’s graeco /roman-
classic
heritage
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that’sthe
 
architectures
 
we clamor for
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blindly embracingexpressions of some long dead civilization
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as if we still wishedthe living shadows of 
 
zeus
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minerva
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and all those otherfreaky fictitious figures to lurk in our
designs
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and that wemight suffer in our
architectonic
 
afterlife if we failed toworship them
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in an
 
architectonic
 
inferno even dantealighieri would be proud of 
::
what about
 
buildings
 
withsome sugarfrosted icing thrown at them
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as if it were true
architecture
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there are those
 
adrift
 
in some blurred
and
blinkered world of sanctified theory
::
they
 
who steadfastlybelieve that this too is
 
architecture
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or what about some
building
 
that belies its true mission
::
or just inexplicablesomethings
::
but these voices will be the first to fade away in a
dante
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architectonic
inferno
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so these structuresdon’t suck up to
 
palladian
 
dreamscapes of ancient
rome
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to
 
vitruvian
 
aesthetic
 
ethics andtruths
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to pantheistic love affairs
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nothing creative
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nothing inventive
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 just a bog-standard
 
building
 
painted pink and someamsterdamesque protestant gable-end
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the effort of some uneducated interior designer
::
at best
::
not thestuff of 
 
architecture
::
but dare an academicallyminded
 
architect
 
admit that
:?:
it’s
 
art-deco
::
say
 
art
::
what
 
art
:?:
 just a vulgar structure
::
no
zeus
/
minerva
 
here
::
so why insist that it’s
architecture
:::: yet ::::
this might be
 
the height of banality
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yet
 
this
sugar
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cake
 
prettyness
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pretty
sugar
 
icing
::
sweet
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picturesque
ly
 
delightful
::
it’s
 
not
architecture
::
 just
 
plain colorful
 
decoration
::
possibly
 
borderline
 
art
::
applied
 
art
::
a friendlypeaceful face to local
politics
::
perverse
::
makeyou feel good
~
tecture
::
dainty
 
art
::
that
feminine
touch
::
not that brutal
 
masculine
wired for
 
war
mongering
 
stuff 
::
or so it wouldseem
::
more like
::
some terribly sad
 
degeneratemacho-macho dude hiding behind ill-applied splotchesof poor quality make-up
::
so
 
zeus
 
pukes at the sightof it
::
but it’s pretty
::
isn’t it
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deep down in our
 
architectural
 
hearts weknow
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this is not real
 
architecture
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this issomething
 
created by some half-witted designer
 
of something
::
cannot be taken seriously
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but we darenot admit it
::
admit that it no intrinsic value
::
ashort-lived fad before returning to our senses
::
returning into
vitruvius’
 
caring embrace
::
with allthose columns
::
and magnificently carved comicstrips of 
 
hercules
 
doing this and
 
hercules
 
doingthat
::
and marble
 
medusas
 
turning a gaggle of gods into marble effigies of themselves
:::: yet ::::
it is quaint
::
very
 
quaint
::
yet
 
sinister
::
quaint
and
sinister
 
memories
 
of 
 
colonial tyranny
::
closeenough to some vague
 
polytheistic dictate
::
those polite
 
dictators
 
from puny little bellicose
european
 
kingdoms
::
promising
::
promising
::
promising
::
a better
life
 
than that of a
 
noblesavage
::
wealth
::
religion
::
religion
::
salvation
::
quaint
::
and
 
dainty
::
nothing
sinister
 
in those
 
peaceful
 
lines
::
the deceitfulface of 
 
powertecture
::
 just a
 
mind game
::
winner
 
takes all
::
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:: the
fullerton waterboat
house :: “this quaint
colonial
building was built circa 1919 and was used bythe port of 
singapore
authority from 1960-1990 to sell fresh water to ships anchored offshore :: now it hasbecome a place for restaurants and souvenir shops” ::
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