|A neighborhood shopping center.|
|Phantom hip, above. Details, below.|
Some people view things as a cup half full and others as a cup half empty. Either way, these chopped-off hip roofs are half-a-cup of architecture. They are incomplete; fake; deceptive. Obviously, these phantom roofs are a way to simplify (cheapen) the design. The architects probably thought we would never notice. They appear to have succumbed to a common pitfall amongst architects and developers: designing a building from the front, forgetting that we live in a three-dimensional world. This shopping center sprawls over three city blocks, surrounded on four sides by busy streets. It is impossible not to see the architecture from all sides.
|Main street in an old west town.|
|The set for Mel Brooks's Blazing Saddles.|
|A "spec" house under construction.|
|Reductio ad absurdum: a storage shed in facade-ism style.|