Trip in June to New England
Replies: 22 - Last Post: May 25, 2012 12:00 PM Last Post By: Arkay
May 21, 2012 8:23 PM
15From our house to Bauhaus, eh?
Unfortunately I hit Architecture School in 1970 - the height of the international concrete wave, and cities all over the (mostly Western) world were knocking down fine sandstone, granite, and brick piles, and replacing them with sleek concrete boxes that offended the eye and weakened the soul. They age very badly too, in general.
We were indoctrinated with Corbusier's Chandigarh and much else of that ilk. I think it turned me into a hippie. My colleagues who stayed true to their calling wound up designing things like The High Court of Australia.
May 21, 2012 10:37 PM
My impression of Canberra in general was that they should just blow it up and start over. No offense meant.
It's quite a nice setting for a city, though.
For five years, I worked in the glassy one on the right, a Mies van der Rohe that was always praised for reasons I never could quite fathom. But of course it's the concrete one on the left that's gone from landmark to eyesore back to landmark.
The line from Chinatown, one of my favorites: "Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough."
May 21, 2012 11:23 PM
17In Design 301 we were given a salutary tale - about the Pruitt-Igoe housing complex in St Louis ... that in the end they did just blow up (but I don't know if they ever started it again). Same architect as for the World Trade Centre - so his batting record was not too flash. Bits of Canberra are very good, but its poor parts rank with any government city anywhere, of course.
And Chinatown is on my list of Top10 films ever.
May 22, 2012 5:36 AM
18Well, here in Brazil I have all the locally lauded Neimeyer buildings to look at, so my childhood memories of running through on the ramp may make the Design Center seem lovely by comparison. :-) @ianw--I am not a big fan of the concrete international style, but as mentioned, that building holds childhood memories (the ramp still beckons, though apparently not to the
@mrpenney--You may also be familiar with Gropius's own house (now museum, alongside 2 more he designed) in Lincoln. where one can see how he himself managed to feel 'comfortable'.
May 22, 2012 3:38 PM
19And the perhaps the nadir of Modernism was the Phillip Johnson House - also paraded to impressionable young students to show how cute architects could be.
May 22, 2012 4:57 PM
May 23, 2012 3:11 PM
21There is a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Manchester, New Hampshire that you might be interested in seeing, run by the Currier Museum of Art: Zimmerman House. Manchester is an hour north of Boston and on the main highway north to the White Mountains. You might also be interested in spending a night or two around the beautiful lakes region in New Hampshire, which is south of the White Mountains, on Lake Winnipesaukee or Squam Lake (the setting for "On Golden Pond"). I really enjoyed taking a cruise around Lake Winnipesaukee on the M/S Mount Washington.
May 25, 2012 12:00 PM
22You're VERY late for booking accommodations -- settle on an itinerary and book IMMEDIATELY!!! I would also recommend getting a driving guide to New England and looking at some of their suggested itineraries - the distances aren't great, but summer vacation traffic can be brutal.
Search for tips on Cape Cod - it's very much it's own place. There're only one or 2 bridges onto the Cape, and there are often traffic jams getting on and off, so research and time your driving accordingly. Last time I stayed there it was at Wellfleet, which is quite far out. Took almost 2 hours from the bridges to get there. Big empty beaches, huge dunes, quiet. For vernacular architecture, East Sandwich and Provincetown are favorites. P-town is very gay, so don't go there if that makes you uncomfortable. Days trips to the Vineyard & Nantucket could require advance booking.
Bar Harbor is well up the rocky coast of Maine - lots of beautiful old fishing villages on the way (Camden, Stonington - avoid Rockport and Kennebunkport, horrible traffic), stunning scenery. A driving guide would also be helpful here, as the coast is a series of headlands and bays and following the coast is very time consuming. Remember to eat as many lobster rolls as you possibly can!
Don't know New Hampshire much, save for Walpole -- pretty town, eat lunch and buy chocolate at Burdick's. Route 2 is a nice drive from Maine into the White Mountains & Vermont.
Woodstock is a beautiful Vermont town, as is Bennington. Burlington is lovely, though bigger - check out the Church St. pedestrian mall, have soup at Leunig's, stroll down to Lake Champlain and have a beer at the public boathouse while staring at the Adirondacks. Good eating in Burlington too. You can take the chairlift most of the way up Mt. Mansfield, and then hike to the top in an hour -- great views, beautiful trail along the crest ridge. Up in the Northeast Kingdom (NE VT.), Glover is one of my favorite towns, for the Bread and Puppet Theater Museum - an old dairy barn packed to the rafters with enormous puppets! (Make sure it's open.)
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