Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Demolition of life,

Yesterday, one of my colleagues showed me the video below, created by GlidebyJJ - Jody Johnson, its a moving little piece, for a number of reasons, The building was a mental hospital in the USA, called Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, it was built in 1876 and was the largest building in the US at the time. This beautiful, historic masterpiece was demolished from May - November 2015. and for all sorts of reasons it was not a nice place, but putting that aside, the video is packed with interesting construction, its actually reversed, and as the film proceeds, you see the building come to life.

I had to watch it several times to get the full impact of the construction, the brickwork, the roof construction, and the floor structure, and as the building completes the final impact of the estate.

So often classic buildings are lost to the demolition crane, some are lucky enough to have been photographed, and some even filmed. The film at the bottom is packed with similar wonderful Architecture, and a search for Demolished Historic and see several like minded videos.

The CPD here is huge, I can easily see six or severn major classifications to add to your list, 

  • Construction
  • Architecture
  • Landscaping
  • Planning
  • Material selection
  • Services
  • Demolition
My own city of Birmingham in the UK has similar lost Architecture, grand and hansom buildings lost to such poor replacements, the last video is of a classic building lost some time ago to a modern library, which has just been pulled down for yet more modern Architecture, when will we learn.

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