Thinking Inside the Box

by on August 8, 2014 at 11:21 am in Books, Education, Travel | Permalink

I like this library building in Nice, France.


1 DMS August 8, 2014 at 11:56 am

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?)

2 Tom August 8, 2014 at 12:08 pm

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.

3 J August 8, 2014 at 12:21 pm

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.

4 Student August 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm

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.

5 j r August 8, 2014 at 1:04 pm

“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.

6 Keith August 8, 2014 at 1:07 pm

“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.

7 CD August 8, 2014 at 5:04 pm

The experience may be weird, but those guys are hardly a threat.

Your description also suggests that you never left “the strip.”

8 Doug August 8, 2014 at 12:41 pm

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.

9 Brian Donohue August 8, 2014 at 12:03 pm


French people are funny.

10 Rich Berger August 8, 2014 at 1:54 pm


11 foobarista August 8, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Thread winner!

12 Lucy van Pelt August 8, 2014 at 10:38 pm

That’s what I said!

13 Nick_L August 8, 2014 at 3:06 pm

I suppose that it was head and shoulders above the other designs? Bit Borg like tho’.

14 Todd Fletcher August 8, 2014 at 3:23 pm

It obviously appeals to the technocrat in you.

15 jseliger August 8, 2014 at 3:25 pm

In some domains thinking inside the box is underrated or poorly understood.

16 dearieme August 8, 2014 at 3:48 pm

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.

17 Niko August 8, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Insulation has improved dramatically since the Moors were in Nice. Shade is most important for glazing which is by definition, minimally insulated.

18 Steve Sailer August 8, 2014 at 10:09 pm

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.

19 CD August 8, 2014 at 5:05 pm


20 mapman August 8, 2014 at 9:31 pm

I like this library building

Prole taste

21 Shane M August 8, 2014 at 9:55 pm
22 Mark Thorson August 8, 2014 at 10:48 pm
23 andrew' August 9, 2014 at 6:38 am

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.

24 wwebd August 8, 2014 at 9:55 pm


25 P. Gauge August 9, 2014 at 10:08 am

Tabarrok. Taste. All in mouth. As usual.

26 Scout August 10, 2014 at 1:06 am


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