Friday, 30 July 2010


I know. This picture I took while walking home from work today, is ugly. Really ugly. Buttfuckingly (and not in a good way) ugly. In fact, I think it's one of the ugliest photos I've published on this blog (so far). 

However, there is a reason why I'm bothering your pretty blog-reading eyes with this. These houses have been remodelled, added to and re-used. In a not very charming way, but still. They're still standing there, proving that even a stupid food shop can be fitted into old buildings. 

You don't have to tear down old buildings that been built in an environmentally friendly and solid manner. You don't even have to tear down newer buildings that don't seem to work any more. Tearing down and rebuilding requires enormous amounts of energy, and produces extreme amounts of waste, and thus, you can almost always gain from redesigning an existing building on a site, pushing it around and squeezing something inappropriate into it. It's still better that it survives, perhaps secretly hoping of being restored one day.

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