Friday, December 20, 2013

Disappointingly, it turns out that Arcology is not the scholarly investigation of arks

Just look at this magnificent glass palace in the High Modernist style. It is vast but completely empty; also it is modeled after a chicken foot. Perhaps it is a Memory Palace for amnesiacs, designed to remind the occupant of one crucial datum: not to eat the deep-fried chicken feet next time he has Yum Cha for lunch.

Alternatively, that his name is Harry.
For your further architectural edification, here is a vast modern building in the shape of a typewriter. The intention, I assume, is to encourage the monkeys labouring away inside to produce the Complete Works of Shakespeare, so that they do not lose their initial idealistic enthusiasm.

In other news, Riddled is now in a position to satisfy all your brief-academic-papers-about-memory-palaces needs: 

Let me take this opportunity to thank all the little people who made this possible.

UPDATE. In answer to Yastreblyansky in comments: an Arcology is a very large building with a self-contained ecology and a high population density, built in the shape of a rainbow

Sodding conceptual architects.


Trevor said...

I see that I may rent your interesting article for a day. Do I have to return it cleaned, with the tank full, and may I smoke whilst perusing? Does your insurance cover stains incurred, or should I take out supplementary cover?

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Without architectural edifii, we'd have no efifii at all,,, says I.

Yastreblyansky said...

I suppose the Syracuse Smith building is a witty evocation of Giuseppe Sacconi's monument to Vittorio Emanuele II in Rome?

I don't think you've told us what arcology is yet.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Is not an ark a floating arcology?

Kudos for the Kliban!

Substance McGravitas said...

here is a vast modern building in the shape of a typewriter.

Needs more Batman.