Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Yay, it's Endangered!
The latest World Monument Fund list of threatened monuments includes one of my least favorite buildings, Southbank Centre in London. (The old part, not the new part, which is much nicer.) Completed in 1976, as the Great Age of Uglification was winding down into stagflation and disco music, it is considered in some quarters a masterpiece of brutalism, which in this quarter is considered a good reason to dynamite the whole thing. Why, oh why, was it ever considered a good idea to make buildings deliberately ugly?