Tuesday, February 10, 2015
About a month ago, a staff member of towers of ilium took this picture of work being done at the Boston Public Library. The crane was dismantling a screening device that Philip Johnson had contrived to protect the interior of the library from the sordid and dangerous streestscape of the 1970's. Now, the streetscape has improved and such protections are idiotic. In Baghdad, they are taking down blast walls erected during the U.S. occupation of the previous decade. Progress is occasionally positive. Architects can claim little responsibility.