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Boredom, Architecture and Modernity

Category: Architecture

Structures of Resting and Waiting: Porters in Nineteenth-Century London

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Piccadilly, London. 3 August 2016. Photograph by Christian Parreno

‘At the suggestion of RA Slaney Esq who for 20 years represented Shrewsbury in Parliament, this porters rest was erected in 1861 by the vestry of St George Hanover Square for the benefit of porters and others carrying burden as a relic of a past period in London’s history. It is hoped that the the people will aid its preservation’.

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Pure Drudgery: Peter Marino’s Advice

The first 20 years of an architect’s career is pure drudgery. My advice to young kids is, ‘Look, probably not more than five per cent – and that’s a big percentage – of your working hours are actually going to be spent being creative. If the creative part is essential to you then stay in the world of fine art’.

Peter Marino and Ben Mitchell. “What I’ve Learned”. Esquire, 2016. 63

Quito: Post-postmodern, Postmodern, or Never Modern

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Torres del Castillo, Quito. December 31, 2015. Photograph by Christian Parreno

Fontana di Trevi, Rome: Capital

Fontana di Trevi, Rome June 19, 2015 Photograph by Christian Parreno

Fontana di Trevi, Rome
June 19, 2015
Photograph by Christian Parreno

Wriggly High/Late Modernism: Renzo Piano in Cambridge, MA

Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA April 29, 2015 Photograph by Christian Parreno

Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA
April 29, 2015
Photograph by Christian Parreno