Posts Tagged: Monstrosities

Structure Unappealing

"The still-­unfinished floors are high-ceilinged, unencumbered, and spacious enough to host an Ultimate Frisbee tournament, with wraparound views of brick and brownstone landmarks. IBM’s Watson team is moving in, hoping perhaps that the area’s creative aura will enlighten its engineers. The mirrored façade seems to sharpen reflections to a higher resolution than reality itself. Architects love to pretend that reflective structures 'dematerialize'—that is, disappear—but Maki’s building is a solid object, black and glossy and timeless as a Steinway grand, expressing itself in an architectural language that is incomprehensible around here." —That is perhaps a too-polite way of saying "51 Astor Place is so frighteningly [...]


Swiss Drug Pushers Actually Do Own Our Government

Were you having a nice giant paper cup of coffee and maybe a waffle on Sunday morning when, in a fit of old-schoolness, you decided to act like days of yore and read your Sunday New York Times? How pleasant! Until you actually read the page one story about how lobbyists for Genentech, a subsidiary of Roche, actually write the things that our elected officials put in the Congressional Record. Yes! Our elected officials-at best-regurgitate drug lobby talking points on healthcare. And they're all there, from Joe "YOU LIE!" Wilsons to Yvette Clarke, from whom we'd expect a little better. But that'll teach us to expect things. Is it [...]