Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Saving an Ugly Modernity

Who in their right mind would consider the modernist theaters portrayed on this web-site "ugly"? Only the most unimaginative would entertain such thoughts.

But whether you do or don't, have a read of Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones' article, recently published in the Atlantic Cities, about the Case for Saving Ugly Buildings. It's a compelling call for architectural preservation, as modernist buildings from the 60's and 70's increasingly become slated for demolition.

The Lao - Viet Cultural Hall of Friendship: a beast of social realism architecture?


  1. Thanks for sharing, my dearest Mr Projectionist! An article in the link and your post remind me to think about the past and an ongoing struggle over modern Thai architecture.

    BTW, I love movie theaters you've captured more than those of official traditional Thai style architecture, really.

  2. Scala should be in tourist guide books. It exemplifies Thai 1960's modern architecture. It's beautiful and it is very uniquely Thai. Unfortunately, not many people would consider it to be.