Bad ‘Bad Architecture’

Bad architecture – who would have it? None of us. Who though would create a whole blog dedicated to what is supposed to be the worst of it? This guy. It all seems very straightforward.

I hate how noone ever talks about how bad British architecture really is. I hate the bastards who make these buildings. So here I am, taking the piss out of them.

Yet there is something about the quality of the images and the profusion of them, that seems rather odd. This guy is clearly being sent these pictures because they don’t seem to be gleaned from the web, suggesting he is probably already working on a journal of some kind.

I am not sure which publication it is, but I would guess it was one of those who didn’t bang on endlessly about “how bad British architecture really is”. Indeed he is probably making his living from “the bastards who make these buildings.”

What really leads me to believe he’s a journalist is the fact that he’s divorced from reality. No,this isn’t pretty, but it wasn’t made by an architect and for a engineered shed, it’s not that fucking bad.

Whether he’s a journalist or not is hardly the point. What he’s doing is passing judgement on things he’s just seen pictures of and evincing some glib little bourgeois peccadilloes along the way. “Things I hate about this building include the downpipe” – oooh, well back in the knife draw Miss Sharp. Elsewhere we get some horrendously pseudy architectural criticism.

The ashlar stonework (a solid material) walls are expressed as planes (amplifying their thinness and lack of structural intent) in a completely unintentional paradox.

Which is just utterly glib. Who says ashlar stonework has to represent thickness and “structural intent” – whatever that is? If you are going to do these things, do them properly. Go and see these buildings. Tell us what they are like. Don’t just parp away in your office in Central London over a skinny mocha, you metropolitan little f***.


About cosmopolitanscum

Journalist, writer, commentator, blogging about architecture, urbanism and design from a humanist perspective.
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