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Sunday, September 12, 2004
  The Channel 4 Art Show was quite interesting. The Tricorn Centre in Portsmouth is familiar from my youth, and to see a passionate defense made when for as long as I can remember it has been reviled, was quite unique.

I thought the one unignorable flaw of the argument presented was that all of the wandering around these giant brutalist buildings took place when they were empty. In that context it was easy to see the drama of angular concrete avenues and cathedral-like buttresses. Space became monumental, a statement of principal; something it can't be when there are people rushing around with shopping bags, or looking for the sign for the toilets. Most of these buildings were made for banal purposes, efficient retail environments, cheap to produce and erected in record time. To me they now seem more impressive in their vast emptiness and drip-streaked degradation than they do in the imagined future of regeneration and re-use. 
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