Sunday, November 05, 2006
Not content with just an A-list the Tories are now planning to draw up and X-list.
The list will bring together buildings the public would like to see knocked down, the Observer reports today.
But even though it would be tempting to demolish a number of eyesores, who's to say that today's Milton Keynes won't be tomorrow's Venice?
The Germans and the Japanese have a particular habit of doing this. When the Germans knocked down the old East German parliament building they bulldozed a part of their history.
Some buildings are, of course, beyond repair, but in most cases old buildings are sacrificed for the sake of modern blandness. Far better to re-purpose them so that they speak of the past and to the present. Or are we done with postmodernism already?
(left: top of the X-list?)
posted by Blamerbell @ 4:06 pm,
- At 7:27 pm, Chris Doidge said...
I love Milton Keynes! While summing up a key point in Britain's history - the 1980s - it's actually a very well-designed town, and can surely only offend those opposed to roundabouts?
- At 8:29 pm, Blamerbell said...
This guy disagrees with you:
"Calling MFK a rathole is insulting to rats. It is a bleak, concrete conurbation populated by burberry-wearing chavs and their squawling welfare brats. The buildings are all ugly beyond comprehension and the whole place is about as cheery and welcoming as Chernobyl."