Monday, December 1, 2014
This a photograph of a portion of the parking garage that was used in the 1971 movie Get Carter. I'm including that film on my list of architecture themed movies because of its portrayal of Britain. Despite the demolition of some of the major locations in the film, including the garage, the dismal atmosphere of the country is still a fact of life for many people.
Despite the ugliness of much of the built environment, people can overcome its effects. Humans do not have a "natural" setting. We can die miserably just as easily on the African savanna as in the sordid glitter of Shanghai. Architects can improve the visual experience of urban life for many people. Using less exposed concrete is a good, first step.