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:: there are many architectures :: we, self-proclaimed heirs to the renaissance :: dreamy romantic glorificators of europe’s graeco /roman-classic heritage :: that’s the architectures we clamor for :: blindly embracing expressions of some long dead civilization :: as if we still wished the living shadows of zeus :: minerva :: and all those other freaky fictitious figures to lurk in our designs :: and that we might suffer in our architectonic afterlife if we failed to worship them :: in an architectonic inferno even dante alighieri would be proud of :: what about buildings with some sugarfrosted icing thrown at them :: as if it were true architecture :: there are those adrift in some blurred and blinkered world of sanctified theory :: they who steadfastly believe that this too is architecture :: or what about some building that belies its true mission :: or just inexplicable somethings :: but these voices will be the first to fade away in a dante-esque architectonic inferno :: so these structures don’t suck up to palladian dreamscapes of ancient rome/athens :: to vitruvian aesthetic ethics and truths :: to pantheistic love affairs ::

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:2:-:1: :: nothing creative :: nothing inventive :: just a bogstandard building painted pink and some amsterdamesque protestant gable-end :: the effort of some uneducated interior designer :: at best :: not the stuff of architecture :: but dare an academically minded 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 :: yet this sugar-cake prettyness :: pretty sugar icing :: sweet :: picturesquely delightful :: it’s not architecture :: just plain colorful decoration :: possibly borderline art :: applied art :: a friendly peaceful face to local politics :: perverse :: make you feel good ~tecture :: dainty art :: that feminine touch :: not that brutal masculine wired for warmongering stuff :: or so it would seem :: more like :: some terribly sad degenerate
macho-macho dude hiding behind ill-applied splotches of poor quality make-up :: so zeus pukes at the sight of it :: but it’s pretty :: isn’t it ::

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:: the municipio :: from a plain white facade, to colors with an art deco flair :: image may be subject to copyright ::

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:2:-:2: :: deep down in our architectural hearts we know :: this is not real architecture :: this is
something created by some half-witted designer of something :: cannot be taken seriously :: but we dare not admit it :: admit that it no intrinsic value :: a short-lived fad before returning to our senses :: returning into vitruvius’ caring embrace :: with all those columns :: and magnificently carved comic strips of hercules doing this and hercules doing that :: 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 :: close enough to some vague polytheistic dictate :: those polite dictators from puny little bellicose european kingdoms :: promising :: promising :: promising :: a better life than that of a noble savage :: wealth :: religion :: religion :: salvation :: quaint :: and dainty :: nothing sinister in those peaceful lines :: the deceitful face 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 by the port of singapore authority from 1960-1990 to sell fresh water to ships anchored offshore :: now it has become a place for restaurants and souvenir shops” :: www1.moe.edu.sg/.../esplanade.htm :: image may be protected by copyright ::

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:2:-:3: :: what on earth is this :: architecture :?: seriously :?: more like some pathetic joke :: half hearted attempt at adding a touch of glamour to the drab mind-numbed work-force :: glorifying the proletariat :: but not a marxian celebration :: just some vague nauseous pretty-pretty pathetic hollywoodian idiocy :: by some looser film set designer :: but it is hailed as architecture :: streamline moderne :: serious stuff :: americana :: coyote ugly :: therefore a significant contribution to the history of architecture and the weighty heady field of architectural theory :: arriving at the threshold of the greatest of all american dreams – las vegas :: :: yet :: :: strangely streamlined :: bizarrely added on to a meaningless box :: like some steam-engine :: powerful :: arrogant :: reaching out into :: into :: the burning air of nevada :: with no apparent function :: yet it is more architecture than a greek temple :: the face of the architectures of the technological revolution :: the banhamesque machine age :: taking flight with the thunder of progress :: psalms to the head rush of speed :: gone are the olympian phantoms :: done away those fastidious fussy pantheons :: cheers for today’s barren soul :: let’s drink to the proletariat :: to the american dream ::

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:: or :: :: just a lonely figure :: waiting :: for just about anything :: waiting for something :: for something to arrive :: or just waiting :: waiting for nothing ::

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:: “shortly after this picture was taken, the union pacific train depot, las vegas, nevada, 1970, was

demolished to make way for the world's largest ashtray

casino”

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(as i ::

nicknamed it), the union plaza hotel and

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