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?).
> Od: Richard Risemberg <rickrise@...>
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> Datum: Mon, 21 Mar 2005 13:56:31 -0800
> Předmět: Re: [carfree_cities] Thom Mayne/Caltrans bldg
> 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.
> 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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