ruminations about architecture and design

Monday, February 16, 2015

betrayal and redemption

The endgame to the architecture vs. infrastructure debate comes down to the issue of resiliency. Old infrastructure can be abandoned without a sense of loss. The act of discarding the old piece of junk for the shiny new thing is cathartic and meaningful. We can assign a golden age to air travel or train travel, but no sane person really wants to return to that. And, it's doubtful if there ever was a golden age.

The architectural icon exists in a state of perpetual golden age. We can pick the moment when we experience the architectural masterpiece for the first time and appreciate the purity of the personal interaction.

This post, and all posts for the next 30 days are dedicated to the MBTA.

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