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Re: [carfree_cities] Thom Mayne/Caltrans bldg

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    A couple of thoughts on all of this: 1 - Building in Toyko is Cute, it looks like a creature 2 - Why does Caltrans building have a car entrance at all? (Or
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      A couple of thoughts on all of this:

      1 - Building in Toyko is Cute, it looks like a creature
      2 - Why does Caltrans building have a car entrance at all? (Or just for State of California-owned hybrids only used for business purposes when there is a transit strike?).

      Todd



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      > Od: Richard Risemberg <rickrise@...>
      > Komu: carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com
      > Datum: Mon, 21 Mar 2005 13:56:31 -0800
      > Předmět: Re: [carfree_cities] Thom Mayne/Caltrans bldg
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      >
      > Actually, I've been in both places, and they're quite
      > exhilarating...they remind me of remote reaches of the Grand Canyon,
      > which I've crossed several times in different directions; the
      > experience they provide is far more accessible to most people, of
      > course. There's something about great vaults of space enclosed in
      > volumes of transmuted stone that has resonated with us since our humble
      > origins in the savannahs.... Notre Dame is also a monstrosity of
      > sorts, designed, after all, to make man feel small about himself, and
      > crusted with purposely ugly decorations; its interior height is
      > impressive by excess, and it is no more or less graceful than the
      > Caltrans building (though indeed it is better detailed).
      >
      > Actually I prefer the Caltrans building to the Tokyo Edo, and Notre
      > Dame more than either, and Grand Canyon to them all...but the reasons
      > are purely sentimental. They all invoke similar feelings to different
      > degrees...there's a place for the grand in life, as long as it's not
      > grand and banal, as most US corporate architecture has been lately.
      >
      > Richard
      > On Mar 21, 2005, at 1:48 PM, Doug Salzmann wrote:
      >
      > >
      > > On Mon, 21 Mar 2005, Richard Risemberg wrote:
      > >
      > >>
      > >>>
      > >> Does it help that the Caltrans building so scornfully referred to has
      > >> a
      > >> grand pedestrian plaza entrance, but rather modest automobile
      > >> entrances?
      > >
      > > No.
      > >
      > >> The building is quite reminiscent of the Tokyo Edo Museum
      > >
      > > Another monstrosity.
      > >
      > > <http://wwwthep.physik.uni-mainz.de/~cbauer/japan2/164.jpg>
      > >
      > > An inviting environment for pedestrian robots.
      > >
      > > <http://www.jref.com/gallery/showphoto.php?
      > > photo=118&size=big&sort=1&cat=all&page=1>
      > >
      > --
      > Richard Risemberg
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      > http://www.newcolonist.com
      > http://www.living-room.org
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