Monday, September 26, 2016

architecture museum

So I walked there, it was kind of rainy/drab, not much to write home about (and yet here I go). Here's the Seine. 
this thing
The architecture museum is really difficult to understand. The ground floor a bunch of mediaeval archways and statues.
I took a bunch more photos, I don't know what happened to them. Then I got to the interesting modern stuff on the 2nd floor. You really had to use your initiative to find the second floor or know it was there (except by a process of elimination, that without it there'd be nothing to keep the 3rd floor up. BUT! The third floor would then be the second floor. Perhaps it is).

 Le Corbusier's unit por l'habitation (model)
 Same but a reconstruction
Totally the highlight. So roomy!!! I always knew it would be.

I don't think these pictures convey how nice this reconstruction is.

Children's bedrooms


The man is for scale.

Blah blah. This is on the way back
My pal woot woot

Sunday, September 25, 2016

saint-quentin en yvelines

A work trip on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The real results can be gleaned from the Internal Reserves blog (link at right). Here's some peripheral: 

I was keen to know what the 'XX' meant but never will:

The square outside the station:
 Various units d'habitation

If it was 1987 and I was in a goth band I would have had our photo taken in this mirror in a stark natural setting.

You know walking through all this, I was impressed. Now I'm thinking maybe - 'is this trying to reference every conceivable example of impressive urban architecture ever!?'
Maybe yes. Maybe that's OK

OK so there is a market here - fairly Milton-Keynesy in my opinion. Like the MK market, a lot of stuff that may not have fallen off the back of a truck exactly, but, you know, well, if it didn't then it was just stolen.

I already want to go back to St Quentin en Yvelines. It's a very impressive place. Instead I'm going to go to Évry, an earlier new town (by 15 years or so) in a day or two. Can't wait. Can you?