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I am listening to (dangling preposition).

One of the most interesting buildings in Japan is the Nakagin Capsule Tower.

Here is an excerpt from Nicolai Ouroussof’s elegy in the NY Times about its encroaching demise – and this actually got me to thinking about something I was writing myself:

Yet for many of us who believe that the way we treat our cultural patrimony is a fair measure of how enlightened we are as a society, the building’s demolition would be a bitter loss. The Capsule Tower is not only gorgeous architecture; like all great buildings, it is the crystallization of a far-reaching cultural ideal. Its existence also stands as a powerful reminder of paths not taken, of the possibility of worlds shaped by different sets of values.

Of course this article calls to mind the recent debacle in Reykjavík about the old houses on Laugavegur and in the surrounding areas. For those of you not in the know, our former mayor the depressed medical doctor Ólafur Magnússon bought a bunch of old houses for quite a sum. He sure does have brass balls and I do laud his decision, I mean they were going to tear down cool buildings and that was a no no. For more information about the Reykjavík issue, read the Morgunblaðið this weekend. Maybe someday I might translate it.

This is pretty much like living in a white Death Star, at least from in the inside. Makes you wonder if Darth Vader had a VIP room.

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