Friday, May 4, 2007

Freaky Friday.

I just had an honest-to-goodness Baader-Meinhof experience. For those of you unfamiliar with this phenomenon:
Baader-Meinhof is the phenomenon where one happens upon some obscure piece of information– often an unfamiliar word or name– and soon afterwards encounters the same subject again, often repeatedly. Anytime the phrase "That's so weird, I just heard about that the other day" would be appropriate, the utterer is hip-deep in Baader-Meinhof.

Anyway, someone posted a link on reddit this morning that they titled, "What did the architect smoke?" The link led to a page of photos of an oddly alluring, if not totally impractical for cold weather apartment complex in Montreal, Quebec, Canada - Habitat 67. I'd never heard of nor seen images (that I could remember) of Habitat 67, so I spent a few minutes looking at the images and then decided to move on to something else.

Not five minutes later, I'm on Tony's site, and he's linked to Emawkc's post about the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts:
Like the Bloch Building the new performing arts center, which includes a concert hall and a ballet/opera house, is designed by a marquis architect. Moshe Safdie is famous for such buildings as the Vancouver Library Square, and his iconic Habitat '67 in Montreal.

Two mentions of an obscure Canadian apartment complex in one morning. Weirdness.

The new performing arts center looks incredible, though. Thanks, Emawkc, for posting those images!

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