‘Now explain to me where the ‘competition’ is,’ Part II:
A stunning surprise. One of the first buildings approved for the Greenway is (hold your breath) entirely glass.
How cutting edge! … Of course the ‘competition,’ if you can call it that, was rigged
so that designs would reflect certain predetermined tastes. … Architects are a strange lot. They seem to be still battling ‘bourgeois’ tastes, as if this is still the ‘20s and ‘30s, and promoting God knows what. Hub Blog isn’t arguing, as they’d argue that I’m arguing, for dreaded ‘red-brick buildings.’ But I do argue that if you’re truly trying to find something new and daring, you don’t achieve it by excluding certain types of building materials in building competitions. Now we’ll never know what else could have been designed. … Memo to Mark Maloney: There’s nothing more bourgeois than trying to shock the bourgeois.The birth of an argument:
Kind of cool to see the birth of an argument right at the beehive level. But here it is
(‘It's interesting to see this idea taking off’), the long-delayed rationale for why some haven’t spoken up against torture. … Knew they’d come up with something. Now watch all the worker bees buzzing around arguing the exact same thing. It’s already started. FYI: It should go without saying that the real terror has been committed by the Islamo terrorists. But, as I’ve said before, I’ve become psychologically intrigued with how ideological arguments start and develop over time.