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Boston City Hall -- World's Ugliest?

 
 
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 2 Jun, 2017 07:33 am
@tsarstepan,
Why isn't there any benches? Or a fountain? Something that ... would make the place welcoming and socially accessible?
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Padman01
 
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Reply Wed 14 Aug, 2019 02:40 pm
@Eva,
wow, that's an atrocity.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 29 Apr, 2020 06:58 am
99% Invisible just put out a 30-minute podcast episode on concrete architecture and the Boston City Hall building is the spine and skeleton of the story.

The Smell of Concrete After Rain
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When Boston City Hall was built in 1968, critics were put off by the concrete style. It was called “alienating” and “cold.” And since it was a government building, this criticism became impossible to remove from politics. Boston city hall became a political pawn as mayors and city council members vied for public support with promises to tear it down.

But tearing down Boston City Hall has never come to pass. Doing so would take an incredible amount of effort and money. And so, government officials have largely chosen to ignore the building. This “active neglect,” happens with a lot of concrete buildings—they are intentionally unrenovated and uncared for. Which only makes the building more ugly, and then more hated, and then more ignored. It’s a vicious cycle wherein the public hate of a building feeds itself.


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