Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

Burn baby burn– well, not quite

When I first went to London in 1989, I was surprised at how much of the city dated from the 1960s, rather than the 1690s. Of course, all cities are regularly rebuilt, but I thought that there’d be more material history in a city that was so rich in history. And while there’s some pretty serious modern architecture in London, a lot of it was bad New Brutalist (I still remembered a lot from David Brownlee’s magnificent courses on modern architecture that I took in college).

Modern architecture has been the subject of controversy in London at least since Prince Charles’ attacks on its legacy. Now, the New York Times

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  1. My home town, Bristol (UK), is considering a similar thing after conducting public consultation about tall buildings.

    I agree with your sentiments, but perhaps there ought to be a ‘cooling off’ period of a number of years between the opening of the building and the first date from which a building can have such a ‘worthy of destruction’ order. As you suggest, some buildings grow on us over time.

  2. Also, as a slightly less relevent side note, Bristol city centre is about to become one of the largest wireless hotspots in Europe.

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