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Quote from: dissolute ocelot on January 17, 2022, 11:50:27 PMThis week, Zoe Williams wonders about "ghost kitchens", places that cook food for delivery rather than on-site eating,
QuoteVisiting the International Fair of Dakar is like taking a stroll through the ruins of some ancient Toblerone-worshipping civilisation.
Quote from: Cold Meat Platter on January 17, 2022, 11:57:08 PMTakeaways then
Quote from: Mobbd on January 18, 2022, 11:53:31 AMHe's referring to the pyramid shape of some historic and present-day African buildings.
Quote from: gilbertharding on January 18, 2022, 01:46:34 PMHe isn't though. He's referring to some very specific buildings which were designed in response to an attempt to find a new 'asymmetrical parallelism', and it's just the opening paragraph to quite an interesting round up of Senegalese architecture. How else do you describe form and shape, without recourse to simile and metaphor?
Quote from: gilbertharding on January 18, 2022, 01:46:34 PMWhoever wrote the headline (Tented Love) can fuck off though. I'll give you that.
Quote from: dissolute ocelot on January 17, 2022, 11:50:27 PMLast week brought an article in which Adrian Chiles wondered how local government works but never found out. This week, Zoe Williams wonders about "ghost kitchens", places that cook food for delivery rather than on-site eating, and briefly speculates what might go on inside. She's been in restaurants as a customer, and she's heard rumours, but she doesn't actually find out anything. The end.This isn't actually the worst writers, it's the worst journalists.
Quote from: beanheadmcginty on January 18, 2022, 02:57:27 PMrun the place like a newspaper column, with tiny amounts of knowledge parlayed into huge statements"
Quote from: gilbertharding on January 18, 2022, 01:52:44 PMWhile we're on architecture, I was amazed to find out that Rowan Moore (thoughtful, sensitive, liberal architecture critic of the Observer) is the brother of noted Torygraph headbanger Charles Moore.
Quote from: shoulders on January 19, 2022, 10:40:17 PMThey're related so that bumps down the shock factor by a cool 100%
Quote from: gilbertharding on January 20, 2022, 02:57:42 PMErm... I know. They're brothers. Like I said. Or am I missing something?
Quote from: Mobbd on January 18, 2022, 11:53:31 AMI'd like to give dishonorable mention to Oliver Wainwright, the architecture critic. https://www.theguardian.com/profile/oliver-wainwrightHe really is a fucking idiot. I hate him.This is the way he starts an article last week about African architecture:He's referring to the pyramid shape of some historic and present-day African buildings. He manages to trivialise, pander, and patronise (both the cultural subject and the readers) at the same time and before he says anything else at all.I don't know how you can have the privilege to be sent off on these cultural adventures and presumably to have received a beautiful arts education and still be such a trivial know-nothing Whitey dweeb.I miss old-fashioned "pretentious" cultural commentators who took their subjects seriously. This article is almost like an extended "bit." Oliver. Mate. You're not a jaded Charlie Brooker sitting in your own filth with only digital cable channels for company. You're a fucking architecture critic with license to travel the world on your company's increasingly rare dime. Fucking act like it.
Quote from: cosmic-hearse on January 20, 2022, 08:29:40 PMThis article really isn't that bad - it's a somewhat daft paragraph but comparing / naming a building after something it vaguely looks like is extremely common (the Gherkin, the Cheese grater, the 50p Building etc.). Surely you have no beef with the rest of the article?Oliver Wainwright is generally pretty good - I enjoyed his recent Ricardo Bofill obituary, for example. The Graun's best architecture writers are (were?) Owen Hatherley & Douglas Murphy, but like many left wing writers they don't get much of a look in these days.Simon Jenkins, on the other hand, is turgid - dreary, ill-informed Scrutonesque trad rubbish.
Quote from: Mobbd on January 20, 2022, 10:12:29 PM(I realise with horror only now that maybe, just maybe, "the Gherkin" for example was nicknamed by a PR firm. But I'd maintain that my point stands; nicknames for buildings at least outside of Central London are generally named by regular folk, not people we look to and are paid for insight).
Quote from: cosmic-hearse on January 20, 2022, 11:56:55 PMI agree that building nicknames should come about 'organically' from the ground up, and not before it's even been built (as was probably the case with said Gherkin - although I think it's one of the few good skyscrapers to have been built in the capital this century).
Quote from: dissolute ocelot on January 22, 2022, 11:49:29 AMIt does seem as if every building in London has a nickname long before construction starts - the Cheesegrater, the Walkie-Talkie, etc. It's possible they're being made up by the trade press or in the planning process, but I suspect the actual property developers are in some cases coming up with these things in an "aren't we smug?" way (not the Erotic Gherkin, which is much cleverer, but is probably an architectural journalist thing).
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