Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ominous Architecture

Ominous Architecture by deanv41
Ominous Architecture, a photo by deanv41 on Flickr.
If nothing were built in the city of San Francisco for the next decade, we could spend plenty of time, money & energy fixing all the things that have gone wrong with the built environment over the past century. New developments get all the activists' attention, but there are countless examples in all corners of San Francisco of out-of-scale towers, glowering brutalism, soul-sucking anonymous black or glass boxes with a middle finger outstretched toward the streetscape. Once something gets built, it just becomes invisible no matter how awful. Here is but one example. It's the Holiday Inn on VanNess Avenue that lords over the entire Polk Street historic district like an aged Soviet apparatchik from the mid-20th Century. It's fucking awful, not one redeeming feature for those who have to look at it, only awesome views for those inside it. That pretty much sums up late-period Capitalism, doesn't it?

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