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You gotta wonder how Cheney is going to feel about all this.
News is leaking out of ABC studios that they might look to repurpose some Lost footage as a half-hour lighter side version of the show. The show’s ratings have been dropping precipitously this season.
In other news, as a resident of New York City, we have been amused by recent New York worst-of lists.
Sometimes I think ugly works, brilliantly. For example, the Whitney Museum is ugly, in the sense that it’s raw concrete, windowless upper stories, and brutal anti-grav profile are very alien to most other buildings. But its brutality is what makes it wonderful–it’s completely unlike the rest of the Upper East Side. The contrast, taken to its limit, is refreshing. And the way it meets the street, with the (technically innovative at the time) two-story glass windows that go from the ground level to the garden/cafe below, is simply brilliant, gracious, and, well, civic. It’s not a building that it thumbing its nose to the city, but it’s not trying to “match” either. So while I might describe it as ugly, it’s also my favorite building in Manhattan. The best brutalist buildings do what the Whitney does: create a careful balance between material rawness and elegant connections. Needless to say, many brutalist buildings don’t hit the mark: you need an architect as good as Breuer to pull it off.
A startling achievement of architecture, it’s not.