Thursday, August 31, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

13 phrases about architecture that make me shudder.

If architecture is best understood through our senses--why design and build theaters, libraries, schools, churches, homes, and federal or state buildings that assault and sicken, that weave, swoop, glare, and dismantle our sense of space? I visit many sites (my husband is an architect) just for fun and read many articles because the magazines keep coming.

Wexner Center at Ohio State; maintenance nightmare and tax money sponge

These writers' phrases of approval are often synonymous with "ugly," to my eye, and I know in 30-50 years we'll be taking them down.

1) cadence of chaos
2) giddy
3) radiating from every curve
4) recycled
5) engage in new forms
6) salvaged from demolished (insert a building that was lauded in the 1960s here)
7) faceted glazing
8) challenge your preconceptions
9) paradigm shift
10) glass addition to . . .(usually a 19th century building)
11) holistic and ecological
12) splayed
13) edgy or renegade or "on the cusp" or whatever shape a computer can work up

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Anonymous said...

There are some words to look out for!! #1,4 and 8 are my favorites :D

Renee Nefe said...

Dh has to deal with artsy architechs all the time and doesn't like it. They just want a functional building...not a work of art.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Chelle Y. said...

I have never heard of most of those words. But, I am dunce when it comes to things like that!

Aginoth said...

Horrible abuse of the English language; I absolutely agree, phrases to make the strong shudder.

Thanks for visiting my TT Norma

Frances D said...

Now I never would have thought of a list like that, and that's what makes TT great. You never know what you are going to learn about when you click a link.
Thanks for sharing.
My TT is up.
Have a great holiday,

Courtney said...

I know almost nothing about this kind of thing. Happy Thursday and thanks for stopping by today :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing these. Some of it I understand cause my Dad was in construction, and I also worked for 3 construction companies. Great TT.

I'm up.

Kimmy said...

I'm sure a few of those described our local architecture... if by no-one else but me ;) Columbus is known for spending money on architecture that I question daily. Some of it's great, but some (most) of it...

Happy T13! My list's up!

crse said...

I like this idea! I think I need to make a list like that "code phrases" in my field. Happy TT!!!

Jane said...

Very interesting Norma, I had never thought of those phrases in that light. It is amazing how we use (and misuse) the English language.
By the way, I love your new background (at least it is new to me!!).