Category Archives: Architecture

HETEROPHASIA—IT’S THE PANTHEON THAT HAS A CONCRETE DOME (COMMENT).

HETEROPHASIA—IT’S THE PANTHEON THAT HAS A CONCRETE DOME (COMMENT). I posted here a couple months ago about how the Pantheon has lasted for centuries because concrete can’t be reused. However, I said “Parthenon” for “Pantheon”. Dick Weisfelder promptly pointed out … Continue reading

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WHY THE PARTHENON HAS LASTED FOR CENTURIES.

WHY THE PARTHENON HAS LASTED FOR CENTURIES. The Parthenon in Rome has already lasted 1800 years. It is made of concrete, but Tim Harford offers an additional explanation for why it has survived when so many Roman buildings have not. … Continue reading

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IN PRAISE OF CONCRETE.

IN PRAISE OF CONCRETE. This article by Tim Harford on the BBC website is entitled: “The Hidden Strengths of Unloved Concrete” (link via Marginal Revolution). It is part of a BBC series “50 Things That Made the Modern Economy”. Harford … Continue reading

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CHICAGO IS GETTING A WOODEN SKYSCRAPER.

CHICAGO IS GETTING A WOODEN SKYSCRAPER. I have posted a number of times about the concrete buildings of the 1960’s and the 1970’s, and I posted here about choices between wood and concrete. Here is an article about an announcement … Continue reading

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BRUTALISM—IS IT THE OUTSIDE OR THE INSIDE THAT MATTERS MOST?

BRUTALISM—IS IT THE OUTSIDE OR THE INSIDE THAT MATTERS MOST? Ian Mackintosh, who spent over 40 years working on the design of theater spaces, wrote to the London Review of Books (December 15). Mackintosh began his letter by quoting John … Continue reading

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CONCRETE.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CONCRETE. It occurs to me that Brutalism, more than other architectural movements, depended on the material used rather than design elements. In writing yesterday’s post, I realized how significant the definition of Brutalism was. The name … Continue reading

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THE REHABILITATION OF BRUTALISM?

THE REHABILITATION OF BRUTALISM? Martin Filler, the architecture critic, reviewed eight new books about Brutalism in the New York Review (December 22) (link here via arts and letters daily). The books, he says, “indicate that the rehabilitation of yet another … Continue reading

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“…LITTLE BOXES MADE OF TICKY TACKY….”

“…LITTLE BOXES MADE OF TICKY TACKY….” I posted here about “Little Boxes”, a song from 1962 which attacked conformity. The “Little Boxes” were standardized houses which were poorly made. Here are the lyrics, whose first stanza was: “Little boxes on … Continue reading

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A HISTORY OF THE RANCH HOUSE.

A HISTORY OF THE RANCH HOUSE. Witold Rybcyzinski sketched a brief history of how Americans fell in and out of love with the ranch house in this article in Slate. I am always interested in changes that have occurred in … Continue reading

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IS OUR HOUSE A MCMANSION?

IS OUR HOUSE A MCMANSION? Annalisa once referred to our house as being “like a mcmansion”. Mary Jane responded instantly: “No, it has a sense of proportion.” I agree. The proportions do not make the house seem big. The house … Continue reading

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