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cranes in the sky

In the same way that the noun art should be dispensed with, so too the noun architecture. When they are used they carry a weird adjective overlay lavishing compliments on what is actually an apartment tower or a train station or a cemetery or a pavilion made out of fog, or a sculpture/video/photo/painting. What is it that distinguishes a building from architecture, or a painting from art? Argue that there is a difference and you find yourself talking in the language of 100 years ago, via the language of university design courses.
I walked back home from a meeting at dusk today through Docklands and via the western edge of the city underneath all the aforementioned architecture, half completed. The Melbourne skyline still looks sparse, like a box of mushrooms from which, here and there, giant glass asparagus spears emerge.

cranes in the sky

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