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Boredom, Architecture and Modernity

Category: Everyday

The Joker’s Boredom: Thomas Mann

But the days went by, and they turned into weeks and months – was I bored? I will concede that one does not always have a book that will yield hour after hour of memorable experience; moreover one’s attempts to improvise at the piano have at times been complete failures, and one has sat by the window, smoking cigarettes, while gradually and irresistibly a feeling of distaste creeps over one, distaste for oneself and for everything else.

Mann, Thomas. ‘The Joker’ in Death in Venice. Translated by David Luke. London: Vintage Books, 1897/1998. 44-45.

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Joie de Vivre in Modern Architecture: Lecture at CAFA, Beijing

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Robert Pirsig: Boredom and History

‘Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity’.

Robert Pirsig, quoted in Paul Kennedy, ‘The Motorcycle Is Yourself’, CBC (2015).

Taxidermic Preservation: Covent Garden, London

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Parker Street, Covent Garden, London. 23 November 2016. Photograph by Christian Parreno

Early Occupancy: The Jockey Club Innovation Tower, Hong Kong

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The Jockey Club Innovation Tower, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. Zaha Hadid Architects. 28 November 2016. Photographs by Christian Parreno