The Free Dictionary  
mailing list For webmasters
Welcome Guest Forum Search | Active Topics | Members

Clumps and drama Options
alibey1917
Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 10:25:21 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 9/19/2018
Posts: 157
Neurons: 3,128
"We’re talking size, and we’re talking clumps. The Shard, designed by the brilliant Renzo Piano, may prove to be a building of the highest quality and drama ..."

What is the meaning of the emphasized words in this context? Thanks in advance.



Jay Merrick, quoted in Stephen Graham's Vertical
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:09:15 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/30/2016
Posts: 1,554
Neurons: 9,930
Location: Luton, England, United Kingdom
alibey1917 wrote:
"We’re talking size, and we’re talking clumps. The Shard, designed by the brilliant Renzo Piano, may prove to be a building of the highest quality and drama ..."

What is the meaning of the emphasized words in this context? Thanks in advance.



Jay Merrick, quoted in Stephen Graham's Vertical


My interpretation would be it refers to the way the skyline of London looks compared to some other cities like New York or Shanghai.



It's not a crowded scene of wall to wall skyscrapers it's made up many low rise buildings wth a few groups or "clumps" of skyscrapers.
Of these the tallest is ten building known as the Shard ( or Shard of Glass) that pierces the London sky.


edit: Thar has the same explaination.
thar
Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:09:27 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 7/8/2010
Posts: 20,866
Neurons: 84,452
clump -- things spatially close together in groups, not evenly spread out.

You tend to have many tall buildings together in one area, not evenly spread around the city.
That should have some meaning in the context.

eg The Gherkhin and other sky-scrapers in one particular area of London - this is a clump, a cluster of tall buildings in one area. There are even more going up in that one small area.



drama - wow, look at that! - A dramatic/striking building. Not just a vertical rectangular block, but something different that grabs your attention!

If it has a name (or gets a name given to it by other people), it is more likely to be dramatic, spectacular - The Shard, (like a shard of glass piecing the sky) The Gherkin (the vegetable - it was that or admit it is a massive phallic symbol!Whistle ); The 'Walkie Talkie' (that is an insult - it is a truly horrendous design for both engineering and aesthetic reasons.)


a building with drama - the Shard






Sarrriesfan
Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:17:40 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/30/2016
Posts: 1,554
Neurons: 9,930
Location: Luton, England, United Kingdom
The best thing about the Walkie Talkie building actually called 20 Fenchurch Street is that it has a free public space on top called the "Sky Garden", you have to book a ticket 2 weeks before you visit to prevent too many people on top of the skyscraper, that you can see the sights of London from.


There is a balcony at the front that allows you to stand outside in the open air and look down at the Tower of London and the Dome of St Pauls.

The Shard has a viewing platform but it charges quite a lot of money £30 when we visited for someone's birthday, it's a bit higher though.
thar
Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:43:56 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 7/8/2010
Posts: 20,866
Neurons: 84,452
That is pretty cool!

I don't know the Shard, although I know there has been quite a lot of negative press about the prices. My favourite is the gherkin, not particularly because of the building itself, although it is an interesting design (and it is quite useful as an aid to orient yourself if you get lost) but because of its existence practically on top of all the mediaeval churches underneath and around it. St Ethelburga's. St Botolph Without Bishopsgate, St Andrew Undershaft. Quite a juxtaposition!


St Ethelburga's


The proper name for 'The Gherkin' is currently 30 St Mary Axe, that being the road.
From what I understand that church is still there as St Andrew Undershaft, but was St Mary Axe.



Quote:
According to John Stow in A Survey of London (1603), the name derived from "the signe of an Axe, over against the East end thereof". However, a document dated to the early reign of King Henry VIII describes a holy relic held in the church; "An axe, one of the two that the eleven thousand Virgins were beheaded with". This refers to the legend that Saint Ursula, when returning to Britain from a pilgrimage to Rome accompanied by eleven thousand handmaidens, had refused to marry a Hunnish chief and was executed along with her whole entourage on the site of modern Cologne, in about 451 AD.


History doesn't disappear when you build a sky-scraper, it just continues in a more elusive form.


When they do develop ( if there is any money now) at least they have some imagination, not just lots of vertical boxes. But sometimes it seems like they try too hard to be dramatic.
I mean, is that a stack of sardine cans or not?




and I don't know if the Tulip is a live project?



Sarrriesfan
Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 1:42:06 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/30/2016
Posts: 1,554
Neurons: 9,930
Location: Luton, England, United Kingdom
Yes it was given planning permission in April.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 6:01:04 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/30/2016
Posts: 1,554
Neurons: 9,930
Location: Luton, England, United Kingdom
Oh and I forgot the best thing about visiting the Skygarden.

You don't have the Walkie Talkie spoiling your photographs of London as you are standing on it.Whistle
alibey1917
Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 7:34:27 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 9/19/2018
Posts: 157
Neurons: 3,128
Thank you, friends.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Monday, July 15, 2019 5:58:47 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/30/2016
Posts: 1,554
Neurons: 9,930
Location: Luton, England, United Kingdom
Sarrriesfan wrote:
Yes it was given planning permission in April.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has chosen to overrule the planning consent meaning the Tulip may not now be built.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/the-tulip-tower-sadiq-khan-throws-out-plans-for-controversial-skyscraper-in-city-of-london-a4190326.html
thar
Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 6:05:36 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 7/8/2010
Posts: 20,866
Neurons: 84,452
It does seem a rather pointless building - a restaurant on a long pole. High for the sake of being high, but not utilising any of that space. Just obstructing other people's views so a few high-paying patrons can get a nice view (without having to look at it themselves).

I hope the planners block it, and make developers think about their buildings as part of a city of people, not just vanity projects.
Users browsing this topic
Guest


Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.

Main Forum RSS : RSS
Forum Terms and Guidelines | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2008-2019 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.