Thursday, June 4, 2009

Gotta Get Back to Consistency

Not much time for now, but I have two or three long blog posts halfway or more complete.

Two blog posts of note:

Allison Arieff at NYT blog on The Future of the Shopping Mall and the increasing irrelevance of ICSC (she was a juror on their future of the mall competition):
Despite near-non-existent consumer spending, the declining popularity of shopping as America’s favorite pastime and the chilling effect foreclosed homes in housing developments are surely having on nearby malls, most entries in the ICSC competition responded less to the future of the shopping mall than to the glory days to which we’ve recently bid adieu. I was struck by how little attention entrants paid to things like sustainable architecture, alternative transit or changing consumer attitudes about consumption. Architectural visions tended toward iconic futurist forms — domes or similarly curvy buildings that felt right in line with World’s Fairs past. Distressing to think that in 2059, we’ll finally get to live as the Jetsons did back in 1962.

/bangs head against desk repeatedly until leaving a blood splattered rorschach looking conspicuously like a Zaha Hadid.

/begins working on a new neato whiz bang design.

Kunstler contemplates what happens to modernism when it is no longer what it claims to be:
I've wondered for many years what Modernism would be like when time finally passed it by, when it was no longer the sole thing it declared itself to be, up-to-date -- and there it was smeared all over the landscape like so much road kill.
and finally, also from NYT's series of blogtacularity, is Jalopnik contemplating the Broadway closure and a future with diminished automobility (which really captures what car commercials are and cars should be about):
And you know what? We're OK with it. That may seem anti-auto to some, but frankly, we're sick of cars being ruined by commuters. This desire for independence while commuting has turned cars into something more akin to refrigerators — a commodity. So in a time when once-proud automakers have developed into milquetoast shadows of the icons they once were, we're happy to see commuters forced to look at alternatives to their Camccordibus and taxis. Get off the roads and onto a bus or subway, you McDonald's breakfast sandwich-eating, 7-11 big gulp-drinking cows — they're for enthusiasts. Or, as is the case on this small patch of asphalt in the Big Apple — the lawn chairs.