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  •  Well, I'd say (2+ / 0-)
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    badscience, NYFM

    that Tilted Arc is plentifully ugly, though the trashing of the functionality of its former space was the worse offense.

    And as much as I'd like to agree with this:

    I would prefer that money go into a building that is well-designed and perhaps rises to art itself - get a good architect!
    we need a strong mechanism for excluding things like Kallmann's Boston City Hall. This is one ugly building.

    into the blue again, after the money's gone

    by Prof Haley on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 11:28:02 AM PDT

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    •  "Ugly" is subjective (3+ / 0-)
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      NYFM, Prof Haley, nchristine

      but the crime of its transgression on space is pretty objective. In the right context, "Tilted Arc" could be not-plentifully-ugly.

      Which isn't to pooh-pooh your feelings that it was ugly: plenty of people agree! I felt it was ugly in that space, but objectively it killed that space.

      I don't really like Boston City Hall, but I don't think it is ugly. It is the beneficiary of a lot of justifiable anger against urban renewal of the sort that sweeps aside intact neighborhoods (particularly those with "problem" citizens, however they might be defined), and a lot of judgment that compares what it is to what was there, or its style vs. "old stuff" which is easier on the eyes and on the intellect.

      I think its crimes are more akin to those of Tilted Arc: it is insensitive to its space and its users. Formally I think it is pretty interesting.

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