Re: [carfree_cities] mythical cars
- Yes I understand that the design of horse drawn carriages reached the
heights of perfection around the time the car entered the scene ... And what
From: willtell9z <willtell9z@...>
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2006 15:27:21 -0000
Subject: [carfree_cities] mythical cars
Catching up with last Sunday's Observer reviews, I enjoyed these
remarks from the design/architecture critic Stephen Bayley:
''..It's five minutes to midnight for the motor industry, but as the
hour approacheth, products of breathtaking, if elegaic, perfection
appear. The Audi R8 is an example:it is not possible to imagine doing
anything much more sophisticated with metal, plastic, glass and
Yes, lovely concept of ''five minutes to midnight for the motor
But I'm not susceptible to admiration for any car design whatsoever.
How can one rejoice in aesthetic appreciation of anything as
spiritually bereft as a car. Nevertheless I understand what he's
saying and its delicious reminding us that there must be many other
analogies and historical precedents : how total collapse is imminent
just when an object or phenomenon has reached its apotheosis, (eg
Jared Diamonds Collapse, or what happened to those dinosuars etc.
Then Bayley again on the G-Wiz electric car : ''...With a rattling
and wheezing range of 40 miles (unless the windscreen wipers are
deployed) you can save the planet. Except
(a) G-Wiz is manufactured in a Bangalore factory that churns filth
into the atmosphere and
(b) if every car driver swapped to electric we would need 100 more
coal-fired power stations to meet demand for electric juice....''
Neat reply to all of those foolish enough to believe in myths, (or
looked at in a slightly different way, as M Scott Peck used to say
''myths _are_ true''.
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