Originally Posted by fancylad
Oddly enough, i like rather simple buildings as well, while most people hate them.
There was a book that was recently published about Toronto's concrete architecture from the 1950s to the 70s. There's something about gray, simple concrete architecture that i really like. Most would find it bland, but there's something i like about it - maybe it's that it's "keeping it real" - can't really put my finger on it.
They may be 'pleasing' to look at and sit nicely within the confines of an architectural booklet, but they're horrible to work in, horrible to live in, leak and become stained with rust and mildew, have a shelf life of 30 years before they start crumbling, but are so dense and heavy that explosives are required to rid the city of their visual stench.
I wrote a blog a while back about this very subject, if anyone has any inkling...