Saturday, May 24, 2008



The opposite of architecture.

I’m sure James Kunstler would love that word. It comes via The Yorkshire Ranter who marvels in horror at the gallery of foreclosed homes in the Los Angeles Times:

It’s hardly got any windows on the street side at all! Just two huge garage doors. Those doors are a common feature throughout the show — houses whose outward appearance is totally dominated by monster garages, like a great big fat ugly gob. Anything human in the architecture skulks behind the garage, as if ashamed. It’s as if cars designed these buildings for their own use — realising, of course, they needed to make provision for the people, but sadly not being quite able to understand their needs.