‘Blank, spiritless, depressing’

January 15, 2010

Entschwindet und Vergeht, on the Spitalfields redevlopment:

A more terrifyingly blank, spiritless and depressing space I have yet to experience; this is a version of the city fit only for the smiling ghosts of computer visualisations, a purgatory of Giraffe restaurants and Walkabout bars, ‘media walls’ and used-book stalls that only sell new books by Alain de Botton, all cast in the gloomy shadow of some of the most generic commercial offices you’ve ever seen.

It is exactly like that. The rest of his post, on the origins of ‘British’ High Tech, also worth a read.


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