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All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks. Options
Daemon
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All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)
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Some are great at any time of the day, e.g. the Taj Mahal. Does it mean that the great architecture is that which resists the broad daylight, and only that?
pedro
Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2012 10:22:59 AM
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Waterloo sunset
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Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2012 2:26:42 PM

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Gaudy night



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and some architecture is just bad, not even pitch darkness will save it!
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Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2012 3:02:54 PM
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Don't most "postmodernist" buildings just cry out for darkness?

floyd
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)

In 1901 he married Frances Blogg. He knew Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw well, however Chesterton's style and thinking were all his own and his conclusions were often opposed to those of Oscar Wilde and George Bernard

Chesterton wrote around 80 books, several hundred poems, some 200 short stories, 4000 essays, and several plays. He was a literary and social critic, historian, playwright, novelist, Catholic theologian and apologist, debater, and mystery write.

Tremendous Trifles : Giant
I somtimes fancy that every great city must have been built by night. it is only at night that every part of a great city is great. All architecture is great architecture after sunset ; perhaps architure is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks. at least, I think many people of those nobler trades that work by night (journalists, policemen, burglars, coffee-stall keepers, and such mistaken enthusiasts as refuse to go home till morning) must have stood admiring some black bulk of building with a crown of battlements or a crest of spires and then burst into teares at daybreak to discover that it was only a haberdasher's shop with huge gold letters across the face of it.
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Nocturnal : done or active by night.
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His last known words were a greeting spoken to his wife.
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pedro
Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 4:26:37 AM
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It would be unkind to suggest that she married him for his surname.
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Francis Blogg? I'll make a note of that.
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