The Destruction of Bath

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The Destruction of Bath

Postby asdasd » Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:07 am

Or maybe, it's future destruction :-)

http://arts.guardian.co.uk/art/architecture/story/0,,2170069,00.html

A fairly biased polemic from the anti-Georgian "yob". ( To use his own terminology).
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Re: The Destruction of Bath

Postby Desmund » Mon Sep 17, 2007 2:26 pm

asdasd wrote:Or maybe, it's future destruction :-)

http://arts.guardian.co.uk/art/architecture/story/0,,2170069,00.html

A fairly biased polemic from the anti-Georgian "yob". ( To use his own terminology).


True but aren't we all biased to a certain extent when extoling the virtues of our own standpoint? Besdies, he backs up his standpoint with empirical fact. In arguing against the precious
obsession with Bath and all things Georgian to the detrement of all things modern, he is shamlessly attacking a sacred cow. From my understanding, it's unclear whether he's anti Georgian. Personally I don't think he is. What is clear however is that he's very strongly opposed to the kind of person who rejects modernity on a point of principal.

This comparisions with Dublin are so powerfully obvious "a city with a virulent hatred of all things modern" sums it up really. NIMBYS of the world untie or better still untie!
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Re: The Destruction of Bath

Postby asdasd » Mon Sep 17, 2007 2:35 pm

This comparisions with Dublin are so powerfully obvious "a city with a virulent hatred of all things modern" sums it up really. NIMBYS of the world untie or better still untie!


Except we don't have that hatred. I titled this thread "The Destruction of Bath" precisely to make comparisons with Dublin's loss of it's Georgian heritage to what were then fashionable architectural fads, and an anti-colonial mentality in Fianna Fail. Bath is a world heritage center for a reason. Dublin is not, for a reason. Of course, modern Architects would like to think that the most modern architecture will pass the test of time, but it may not. The new design for the SouthGate chopping center he mentions may indeed be a pastiche but it replaces a concrete brutalism which was no doubt fashionable with architects in the 60's ( but no-one else) and is popular with no-one at all now; and doesn't fit in Bath.
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