November 14, 2015

I Now Know What....

...the "Planet Eater Building" is.

I have no idea WHY the Asahi Beer Building has a planet eater on top of it, but I can now at least explain what so perplexed me that day I walked from Skytree to Ueno, and I can do so without alarming people. 

I know this only because I read The Arts Mechanical. 

Regarding the specific linked post, which you should read in full and which so edified me, the answer to the question it poses, is, I'm afraid, yes.

This is not simply because some buildings with character are to be razed because a certain jet setting demographic finds them tacky. It's because people are being robbed of their property as punishment for not having connections, power or influence sufficient to forestal a most egregious utilization of eminent domain.

Lots of places pass asinine historical preservation laws that hinder people from improving their properties and destroy its resale value, but the same sort of people that pass those ordinances think nothing of razing a historic and character heavy area that is actually thriving.

It's not just the corrupt construction cartels. It's also well meaning Bureaucrats, who muddle though life with delusions of grand vision but have no concept of how a real city lives in the vast expanse of humanity and architecture that exist in nearly invisible symbiosis with its grandest and most recognized edifices.


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1 It was supposed to be a flame on a torch.  I've heard it described as the Golden turd building, among other things.

Posted by: Jccarlton at Sat Nov 14 20:57:45 2015 (jqaLb)

2 A repost of my comment on The Arts Mechanical: Something that has been bugging me about "trendy architecture" and design.

The trendy mega-edifices that are built in place of these once thriving areas that are actually lived in tend to have a certain characteristic to them: There are no niches, no easily contained spaces, no natural microcosms within them where people can actually set something up.

One thing about all the trendiest buildings on campus that I find absolutely maddening is that there is nowhere you can go to get privacy, or to get away from other people. It is all, 100%, 270 degree public space (and overcrowded on top of that). Set up a booth or a display? Forget about it. All you can do is pass through at high speed and try not to let it wear on you. Find a corner (as I used to be able to do in my undergrad university) in the periodical stack to set up and study all night? There’s nowhere like that here.

It almost seems of a piece with all the uber-trendy "open-plan office” designs. (I have an open desk in an open office that I never spend any time at, because I can’t *think* in that setting. (Nevermind the noise – I have no control over my space.) Better the corner of a cluttered bench in a lab, where my back is to a wall.)

In Calhoun’s rat overcrowding experiments, the rats that stayed sane the longest were the ones that took over and controlled the niches. The ones that had space that was *theirs*. The others had to scramble for spots in poorly defensible public open areas.

Posted by: MadRocketSci at Sun Nov 15 14:35:34 2015 (GtPd7)

3 Yes. You should read this.  It's....edifying.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sun Nov 15 16:03:29 2015 (5oCPR)

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