“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Brutalism plus Ecology

I like brutalist architecture. Don't ask why--I have no idea. When wet that much concrete with that kind of texture has a very earthy smell. Perhaps that's it. Perhaps it's the way the buildings look like Alien's body.

Anyway here is an incredible use of brutalism: as a vertical garden. It wraps around the whole structure. Brilliant. It's a UK kind of Target like store in the high street where I'm staying in London. There's something very beautiful about this idea of using brutalism this way. And just a few years ago vertical gardens were just contemporary art. I prefer this (kitsch). Yes New York, maybe we are exiting modernity after all.

Brutalism as gigantic flower bed. Agrilogistics rotated 90 degrees. Love it.

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