Sunday, January 09, 2011

Soooo 70's


This could be somewhere in Silicon Valley (it reminds me a little bit of The Tech Museum in San Jose!), but no, it's an apartment building hallway in Paris - rue Cardinet to be precise - where I went yesterday (Saturday) for tea. Like quite a few buildings in Paris, this one was obviously built in the 70's when the trend was to get rid of the traditional Paris architecture and to step into a more daring, modern one. As always this was highly controversial, but whether you like it or not, it was a attempt to renew the city, exactly what Haussmann did in his times...

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  1. Don't loose your Tenin technique (or it was techniNque, I don't remember how to write it ;) )

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  2. That would be the famous Tenin perspective—and I see you haven't lost it! I know change is good and all that, but it's this kind of thing that made them think it was okay to build the horrific Tour Montparnasse. I'm just saying . . .

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  3. It's lovely, in its way. New can be good, but it's not necessary to destroy the old to have it. Even Haussmann could have spared a few ancient treasures.

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  4. That is interesting. It seems in pretty good shape, so somebody is taking care of it.

    Now, is this intentionally the Tenin perspective, or did our man crash after the sugar rush of the gauffre in yesterday's photo?

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  5. I don't like much from the 70's, but this look rather nice.
    One of the fascinating things (there's a lot) about Paris, is how well new and old combines.

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  6. As a child growing up in the 70's, I have to admit that I had a horror of the harvest golds, reds, and greens, and it still carries over until this day. This doesn't seem too bad, but really not my taste. I much prefer the pictures of the older buildings in Paris, Eric, but it is good to see both sides of the architecture question. Nicely done with the Tenin perspective and the lines drawing you in!

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  7. That is one really good take on the 70's!!

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