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(WBUR Boston)   "It's just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right," architects say of new university building's unusual design, adding "madness takes its toll"   (wbur.org) divider line
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2022-12-08 10:10:31 PM  
FTA   "Fun fact: The building is 19 stories tall, but actually goes further down than up."

It happens to every guy
 
2022-12-08 10:26:04 PM  
I've played Control. This is what I imagine the oldest house looks like when it's shifting around
 
2022-12-08 11:40:33 PM  
It's the parking lot that really drives you insay-yay-yay-yay-yain.
 
2022-12-09 12:43:08 AM  
I f*cking hate architects.

"I drew something pretty. You spend four f*cking years engineering and building it"

F*ck architects.
 
2022-12-09 1:00:31 AM  
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Anybody want to play Jenga?
 
2022-12-09 2:23:02 AM  
I don't even want to know how the pelvic thrust fits in
 
2022-12-09 2:27:05 AM  
It's awful.  That is all.  It's not interesting-awful.  It's just regular awful.
 
2022-12-09 2:34:47 AM  
Ok, ill do it...
Rocky Horror Time Warp
Youtube umj0gu5nEGs
 
2022-12-09 2:41:24 AM  
The Architect Sketch - Monty Python
Youtube QfArEGCm7yM

Obligated
 
2022-12-09 2:42:02 AM  
I graduated BU in the mid 90s. I doubt I'd recognize most of Comm Ave today. Every time I flip through the university quarterly mag, there's a new building up.
 
2022-12-09 2:49:00 AM  

alex10294: It's awful.  That is all.  It's not interesting-awful.  It's just regular awful.


"This wasn't just plain terrible, this was fancy terrible. This was terrible with raisins in it." - Dorothy Parker
 
2022-12-09 2:59:09 AM  

DannyBrandt: I f*cking hate architects.

"I drew something pretty. You spend four f*cking years engineering and building it"

F*ck architects.


Engineer like typing detected
 
2022-12-09 3:07:01 AM  

DannyBrandt: I f*cking hate architects.

"I drew something pretty. You spend four f*cking years engineering and building it"

F*ck architects.


Except that's not how this works at all.
A surprisingly small part of the job is "drawing something pretty". Most of it is designing the building's, you know, architecture.
 
2022-12-09 3:11:46 AM  

Gubbo: I've played Control. This is what I imagine the oldest house looks like when it's shifting around


So where's the finnish janitor lending you his walkman?
 
2022-12-09 3:35:55 AM  
I like it. I like weird things. strange building. Fun building. What is wrong with doing something different?
 
2022-12-09 3:39:44 AM  
Pffft. Amateurs!!
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Bierpinsel in Berlin

This one is a local oddity I see every time I drive to Dulles Airport.
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2022-12-09 4:10:41 AM  

DannyBrandt: I f*cking hate architects.

"I drew something pretty. You spend four f*cking years engineering and building it"

F*ck architects.


architects put a lot more into a blueprint than you know. by far. the engineer came up with a pipe will have his drawing followed for years to come. each building is new for the architect, right down to the conduit that the wire runs in and lots more.
 
2022-12-09 4:16:09 AM  

Jairzinho: This one is a local oddity I see every time I drive to Dulles Airport.


Tell your uncle if he buys a protocol droid make sure it speaks Bocce.
 
2022-12-09 4:31:34 AM  
Holy christ that's fugly.

What the hell is wrong with architects these days? Build things that someone who hasn't stared into Yog-Sothoth's eyes might actually WANT to look at, is that so damn hard! And dear GOD take the "glass walls and doors" fetish back to the pits of hell it came from.

/did some reading on this
//architecture schools have basically gone full craniorectal inversion and declared that the more commoners hate your design the better it must be because the serfs SO don't get it
 
2022-12-09 5:02:50 AM  

BoneSmuggler: I like it. I like weird things. strange building. Fun building. What is wrong with doing something different?


It gets Fark Engineers™ angry. Oh wait, that's good thing
 
2022-12-09 5:11:43 AM  

sinko swimo: DannyBrandt: I f*cking hate architects.

"I drew something pretty. You spend four f*cking years engineering and building it"

F*ck architects.

architects put a lot more into a blueprint than you know. by far. the engineer came up with a pipe will have his drawing followed for years to come. each building is new for the architect, right down to the conduit that the wire runs in and lots more.


I can point to more than an 80% discrepancy between the bridging design of my project and the DIFCs, rfdcs, rfi's, and more than 40k submittals/ reviews. They didn't even get the columns/ beams correct.

Design/build contracts the architect doesn't do sh*t.
 
2022-12-09 5:57:05 AM  
It's a basket case.
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2022-12-09 5:59:19 AM  

erik-k: Holy christ that's fugly.

What the hell is wrong with architects these days? Build things that someone who hasn't stared into Yog-Sothoth's eyes might actually WANT to look at, is that so damn hard! And dear GOD take the "glass walls and doors" fetish back to the pits of hell it came from.

/did some reading on this
//architecture schools have basically gone full craniorectal inversion and declared that the more commoners hate your design the better it must be because the serfs SO don't get it


So, bring back Brutalism?
 
2022-12-09 6:03:56 AM  

Snarfangel: It's a basket case.
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What's in the basket?
 
2022-12-09 6:09:07 AM  
Jairzinho:
This one is a local oddity I see every time I drive to Dulles Airport.
[preview.redd.it image 566x592]


GIS for "Dulles Airport building" brings pictures of Dulles Airport building, but not this beauty:(
 
2022-12-09 6:31:59 AM  

LewDux: Snarfangel: It's a basket case.
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What's in the basket?


Is people!

Soylent Green is People! - Classic Movie Scene
Youtube b2aH9tu4s30
 
2022-12-09 6:32:28 AM  

Ghastly: Jairzinho: This one is a local oddity I see every time I drive to Dulles Airport.

Tell your uncle if he buys a protocol droid make sure it speaks Bocce.


Well played. Glad I didn't have a mouth full of coffee.
 
2022-12-09 6:33:53 AM  

LewDux: Jairzinho:
This one is a local oddity I see every time I drive to Dulles Airport.
[preview.redd.it image 566x592]

GIS for "Dulles Airport building" brings pictures of Dulles Airport building, but not this beauty:(


Center for Innovative Technology
 
2022-12-09 6:48:39 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: Center for Innovative Technology


Thanks

Summer look is pretty much what I expected to see, still no winter look
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2022-12-09 7:11:47 AM  

KodosZardoz: I graduated BU in the mid 90s. I doubt I'd recognize most of Comm Ave today. Every time I flip through the university quarterly mag, there's a new building up.


Boston U CAS '96 here myself as well!

I like it. The campus has grown up a ton since I went there, but it's great. My eldest got accepted & almost went there too.
 
2022-12-09 7:16:19 AM  

Kriggerel: erik-k: Holy christ that's fugly.

What the hell is wrong with architects these days? Build things that someone who hasn't stared into Yog-Sothoth's eyes might actually WANT to look at, is that so damn hard! And dear GOD take the "glass walls and doors" fetish back to the pits of hell it came from.

/did some reading on this
//architecture schools have basically gone full craniorectal inversion and declared that the more commoners hate your design the better it must be because the serfs SO don't get it

So, bring back Brutalism?


Yes please!

High Court building, Canberra, ACT, Australia:
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2022-12-09 7:25:17 AM  

Kriggerel: erik-k: Holy christ that's fugly.

What the hell is wrong with architects these days? Build things that someone who hasn't stared into Yog-Sothoth's eyes might actually WANT to look at, is that so damn hard! And dear GOD take the "glass walls and doors" fetish back to the pits of hell it came from.

/did some reading on this
//architecture schools have basically gone full craniorectal inversion and declared that the more commoners hate your design the better it must be because the serfs SO don't get it

So, bring back Brutalism?


Boston's already got a brutalist City Hall it can never rid itself of shiatting up the joint right in the middle of downtown. It's a @&#ing monstrosity.

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BU's got plenty of traditional-type academic architecture as well as the gorgeous suite of its original neogothic limestone buildings. The stack of books there is a nice modern change of pace.
 
2022-12-09 7:27:29 AM  
It looks like they asked a Brutalist to do his best imitation of post-modern in response to MIT's Gehry-designed Stata Center.

It's at least interesting to look at, and if they had some fun and used glass floors on the overhangs it might even be neat to work in.
 
2022-12-09 7:32:23 AM  

Adolf Oliver Nipples: It looks like they asked a Brutalist to do his best imitation of post-modern in response to MIT's Gehry-designed Stata Center.

It's at least interesting to look at, and if they had some fun and used glass floors on the overhangs it might even be neat to work in.


Say what you will about Gehry, but I find the Disney Concert Hall in LA to be absolutely gorgeous inside & out. From the outside it almost feels like music to me, and thus seems very appropriate to its purpose.

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2022-12-09 7:40:22 AM  
Your student loan dollars at work.
 
2022-12-09 7:41:09 AM  
Jenga, that is all.

/I kinda like how non-boring it is.
 
2022-12-09 7:41:54 AM  

Thinkybird: Kriggerel: erik-k: Holy christ that's fugly.

What the hell is wrong with architects these days? Build things that someone who hasn't stared into Yog-Sothoth's eyes might actually WANT to look at, is that so damn hard! And dear GOD take the "glass walls and doors" fetish back to the pits of hell it came from.

/did some reading on this
//architecture schools have basically gone full craniorectal inversion and declared that the more commoners hate your design the better it must be because the serfs SO don't get it

So, bring back Brutalism?

Yes please!

High Court building, Canberra, ACT, Australia:
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Oh, for God's sake...I went to UMass/Amherst. It's a few nice buildings, surrounded by masses of poured concrete. You know what Brutalist buildings do? They leak.  A lot.

And then, of course, there's the Library. 22(?) stories of brick-faced poured concrete. Brutalist on the inside and inadequately secured brick facing on the outside. Because, as I'm sure you anticipated, the builders cheaped out on the attachment of the facing, which periodically detaches, thus the plywood walkways.

Good school though, decent education for not much money when I went there. It's probably unaffordable now.
 
2022-12-09 7:42:33 AM  
"The building buys its electricity from a wind farm in South Dakota."

No, it does not. The line loss between South Dakota and Boston would reduce the current to zero. This is why we don't have just one gigantic generating plant in the midwest.

This is a 'green' fallacy. The electrons this building uses are generated in New England or Canada using conventional forms of energy production.

That's physics kids. Disagreeing won't change it.
 
2022-12-09 7:45:42 AM  
UMass Campus Center

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Admin building

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Fine Arts
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2022-12-09 7:48:53 AM  

Flowery Twats: UMass Campus Center

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Admin building

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Fine Arts
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Behind all the BS verbiage, schools & governments liked & embraced brutalism because it was cheap. It never mattered that people hated it. There literally had to be an uprising against it to get them to stop.
 
2022-12-09 7:57:36 AM  
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2022-12-09 7:59:31 AM  

bisi: DannyBrandt: I f*cking hate architects.

"I drew something pretty. You spend four f*cking years engineering and building it"

F*ck architects.

Except that's not how this works at all.
A surprisingly small part of the job is "drawing something pretty". Most of it is designing the building's, you know, architecture.


In this case it appears they spent the majority of the budget on the uglification process.

"No! Still not fugly enough! Get he the chief uglifier!"
 
2022-12-09 8:03:09 AM  

Adolf Oliver Nipples: It looks like they asked a Brutalist to do his best imitation of post-modern in response to MIT's Gehry-designed Stata Center.


Stata Center, for those who haven't seen it:

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2022-12-09 8:03:18 AM  

Kriggerel: erik-k: Holy christ that's fugly.

What the hell is wrong with architects these days? Build things that someone who hasn't stared into Yog-Sothoth's eyes might actually WANT to look at, is that so damn hard! And dear GOD take the "glass walls and doors" fetish back to the pits of hell it came from.

/did some reading on this
//architecture schools have basically gone full craniorectal inversion and declared that the more commoners hate your design the better it must be because the serfs SO don't get it

So, bring back Brutalism?


Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2022-12-09 8:03:31 AM  

Jairzinho: Pffft. Amateurs!!
[i.pinimg.com image 528x792]
Bierpinsel in Berlin

This one is a local oddity I see every time I drive to Dulles Airport.
[preview.redd.it image 566x592]


Is the second image a BOLO?!?
 
2022-12-09 8:03:46 AM  

zgrizz: "The building buys its electricity from a wind farm in South Dakota."

No, it does not. The line loss between South Dakota and Boston would reduce the current to zero. This is why we don't have just one gigantic generating plant in the midwest.

This is a 'green' fallacy. The electrons this building uses are generated in New England or Canada using conventional forms of energy production.

That's physics kids. Disagreeing won't change it.


Technically correct (the best kind!) but...

Consider the daily amount of electricity consumed in the US. For each watt we buy from a green source one watt is NOT bought from a fossil source.
 
2022-12-09 8:04:36 AM  

Tomfoolery Rules Over Logical Living: Kriggerel: erik-k: Holy christ that's fugly.

What the hell is wrong with architects these days? Build things that someone who hasn't stared into Yog-Sothoth's eyes might actually WANT to look at, is that so damn hard! And dear GOD take the "glass walls and doors" fetish back to the pits of hell it came from.

/did some reading on this
//architecture schools have basically gone full craniorectal inversion and declared that the more commoners hate your design the better it must be because the serfs SO don't get it

So, bring back Brutalism?

[Fark user image 432x1234]


THAT. IS. AMAZING.

thanks
 
2022-12-09 8:06:53 AM  
Looks like an Art Vandelay design.

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2022-12-09 8:08:14 AM  
The BU building is where I imagine they housed the test subjects in the "Cube" movies:

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2022-12-09 8:14:28 AM  

zgrizz: "The building buys its electricity from a wind farm in South Dakota."

No, it does not. The line loss between South Dakota and Boston would reduce the current to zero. This is why we don't have just one gigantic generating plant in the midwest.

This is a 'green' fallacy. The electrons this building uses are generated in New England or Canada using conventional forms of energy production.

That's physics kids. Disagreeing won't change it.


It doesn't matter where the electrons come from. What's important is where the money goes.

But you already knew that, Mr Gotcha.
 
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