Fourth quarter round-up

I think it's still not too late to do a brief summary of the last quarter of 2019. I am still getting used to saying we're in 2020, so I'll allow myself this tiny decadence of being late to the party. The quarter started beautifully, with my first trip to Greece. I fell in love …

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The Age of Spectacle: The Rise and Fall of Iconic Architecture – Tom Dyckhoff

Intuitively we all know what the term 'iconic architecture' means, we've seen enough of it to also know that it does not always mean good architecture. Actually, the more investors focus on the iconic aspect the worse the architecture usually becomes. Tom Dyckhoff tries to understand this phenomenon and its origins. It was fun to …

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London: The Biography – Peter Ackroyd – Quotes

Drunkenness was general, and there are continual references to citizens falling from their solars to the ground, falling down steps into the Thames, falling off ladders. London is not a civilised nor a graceful city, despite the testimony of the maps. It is tortuous, inexact and oppressive. It could never be laid out again with …

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