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[-] 1998 White House Dinner

[William J Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock]
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    "Presidential libraries—with the exception of I. M. Pei's Kennedy library on Boston's waterfront—aren't known for their architecture. ... with exhibits that range from polite civics lessons to the Disneyesque (the Johnson library in Texas displays a life-size, robotized, talking LBJ in a cowboy hat)." (Cathleen McGuigan, nwk_04.09.25)

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  [Scottish Parliament House, Holyrood, Scotland, UK]
  • leaden municipalism
    "Can building transform a parliament? Can a physical space, however impressive, raise the quality of a legislature? Can Scotland's MSPs live up to their new surroundings? Or will it just be the same old dross in new packaging?." (Iain Macwhirter, sh_04.08.08)

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    "So what do we think of this great new palace of democracy? Well, I am warming to the new parliament building at the foot of the Royal Mile. Perhaps that's just because I live near to the damn thing and see it every day. Now that the scaffolding is coming down, what has emerged is a pleasingly random-looking structure with a piebald appearance." (Iain Macwhirter, sh_04.08.08)

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    "The upturned boats were sunk long ago. This is more Legoland than Shetland. The façade is littered with jigsaw shapes, based on that Henry Raeburn painting of the skating minister." (Iain Macwhirter, sh_04.08.08)

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    "It will never have the modernist shock value of Frank Gehry's Guggenheim gallery in Bilbao, it will never have the grandeur of the Sydney Opera House and it lacks the majesty of the Palace of Westminster. But the main building is arguably the most original and interesting structure built in Britain since the war." (Iain Macwhirter, sh_04.08.08)

  • dog poo
    "The MSP's block, though, is a disaster. It has all the grace and elegance of an airport car park. Those much-photographed windows with their wooden bars are all facing the wrong way, towards a block of flats. All the public will see from the major vantage points is a jumble of concrete blocks with what looks like a giant air-conditioning unit bolted on the side." (Iain Macwhirter, sh_04.08.08)

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