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In Topic: Modern Architecture at Its Worst

22 July 2014 - 12:24 PM

I've been a guide at two of the three Wright buildings in #27 (quoted in #46), so I have predictably more affection for them than most here.  The post makes its point largely by selecting unflattering photos, like those no-makeup ambush shots of tv and movie stars we see in the supermarket tabs.  Ennis was much altered for the worse in the building (after Wright had moved back to Wisconsin and left his son in charge).  As drawn it was far more delicate and angled to fit the landscape without so many opressive right angles.  The jarring contrast between natural dark-grey concrete and off-white.  The Hollyhock photo dates, I suspect, from during or shortly after the 2000-2005 restoration, when the lawn was neglected (and the lawn is the really ugly part of the photo).  The jarring two-tone color scheme juxtaposes the original color (grey-green, above the cornice) with the inauthentic sandstone pink of an earlier restoration.  Imagine all the stucco in grey-green.  More importantly, see these buildings inside if you get a chance.


Finally, German is a warehouse.  It should be secure and well-insulated and should look it.  By those criteria it succeeds.

In Topic: Modern Architecture at Its Worst

20 July 2014 - 08:03 AM

And DID you know that Carter Manny, who designed the FBI building in Washington, was once an apprentice of Wright?  In addition to his buildings (including also the one behind the famous Picasso in Chicago) he gave us some historically important footage of Taliesin West, Wright's home and office in Scottsdale.  Note the resemblance of the TWest drafting room to the old Denny's corporate style.

In Topic: This Was Painful to Listen To

15 July 2014 - 06:28 PM

That Comcast operator is going to go far.

In Topic: Duncan Scott exits Atlas 3, resumes Rand documentary

15 July 2014 - 04:10 PM

Was Ayn Rand: a Sense of Life an ARI project?  My understanding is ARI gave the director its approval and full access to its archives but didn't actually produce it.  The movie didn't entirely omit NB and BB, though it downplayed them implausibly.

In Topic: Ayn Rand and Objectivism--Part of It

14 July 2014 - 01:45 PM

No.  Rand distinguished the 'metaphysical' (which we can't change) from the 'man-made' (which we can).  The very word 'Objectivism' implies a recognition of this difference.  She said contra Hume that you can get 'ought' from 'is', which isn't the same as refusing to distinguish them.