A short architectural rant (with photo)…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s hip-hop dinosaur is the rapper-raptor.

New DSCN3828Well, I suppose the text I’ve stuck on my photo says it all, however…
Here is a nice view of the Princes Quay shopping centre here in Dulltown. As you can see it is built on sticks in the middle of one of the city’s old docks. Notice that they didn’t call it the ‘Princes Dock’ shopping centre; the people who made the decision were obviously embarrassed by the idea of a city having actual smelly industrial docks in it, and plumped for the more stylish and cool, but inappropriate word ‘quay’ instead.
Anyway, it’s an ugly bloody thing isn’t it?
It’s starting to get a bit shabby-looking as all metal and glass buildings do; it’s been squatting there, it’s legs in the water, for over twenty years now, but even when it was new it looked pretty nasty. This is the sort of quick and cheap architecture they use on industrial estates, which is ironic as that is the ‘industrial’ image they were so frightened of when naming the thing.
Perhaps before Dulltown starts to revel in being ‘UK City of Culture in 2017’ they’ll hide it under a great big cloth, or actually demolish it, to avoid any civic embarrassment…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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2 Responses to A short architectural rant (with photo)…

  1. cdlink14 says:

    Couldn’t agree more. In a city once filled with character and personality we’re being taken over by these terrible blocky pieces of lego architecture. I was born in 91 and I can tell you that I would love to walk around the city as it was back in the early 1900’s. To see the original queens dock. The original Wilberforce statue location, even to ride on the old Withernsea to Hull train line.

    City of culture 2017? This just goes to show how butchered our standards of culture have gotten.

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