by Alex Tabarrok
on August 8, 2014 at 11:21 am
in Books, Education, Travel
I like this library building in Nice, France.
As sculpture, it is fun and diverting.
But I get nervous when I see people praising starchitecture (even if done by an unknown) like that because then people start thinking that every city should like like that…like Las Vegas, a collections of discrete objects. (Though I haven’t seen Vegas in a number of years and I gather that there are sincere attempts there to make it a walkable city. True?)
If by walkable, you mean there are no specific obstacles from one gaudy, cavernous megastructure to the next other than the gangs of Mexican youths on every corner who aggressively shove ads for prostitutes into the hands of every man they see, then yes, Las Vegas is quite walkable.
Oh come on, don’t be such a party pooper. Vegas is a heckuva good time, and the over-the-top extravagance is part of the charm.
I agree, a damn good time, except for the cards for prostitutes. That is no exaggeration. One more thing, for a beer drinker, vegas is very walkable indeed.
“Gangs of Mexican youths…”
So you saw three brown guys standing on the same street and decided that they were a gang? It must be difficult to go through life that frightened of everything.
“Gang” as in a lot of them. This is no exaggeration. You have to run the gauntlet at every corner. I agree though that Vegas is fun…in small doses.
The experience may be weird, but those guys are hardly a threat.
Your description also suggests that you never left “the strip.”
The opposite end of that spectrum is probably Hong Kong. The structures just kind of blend from one into another. It’s possible to get a good distance across the island without ever having to leave the air conditioned contiguous malls connected by elevated walkway.
French people are funny.
That’s what I said!
I suppose that it was head and shoulders above the other designs? Bit Borg like tho’.
It obviously appeals to the technocrat in you.
In some domains thinking inside the box is underrated or poorly understood.
In Nice any good design has to start from casting shade on the walls that face South, and probably East and West too. Arabic architecture was rather good at that. That design is even going to get reflected light on the floor. Bonkers.
Insulation has improved dramatically since the Moors were in Nice. Shade is most important for glazing which is by definition, minimally insulated.
In Southern California, buildings were put up in the Arabic (or Spanish or Mission) style in the 18th Century, the 1920s and the 1990s. Now they’ve stopped again, even though it seems obvious that that’s the best style for the climate.
I like this library building
the headline reminded me of this dilbert strip:
I once had to have a really long discussion with the HR guy about why we liked to put up the complimentary posters provided by our company.
Then I realized this guy’s most powerful weapon was that he liked to chat.
Tabarrok. Taste. All in mouth. As usual.
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