Modernism and the Megaphone Effect

Modernism and the Megaphone Effect

Oliver
Apr 1, 2004
Two Gems in The Times this morning...Rie Woodward tells the saga of her flight from Manhattan street noise. A new dream loft on the eighth floor turns out be a noisy lemon. Garbage truck noise ricochets off facing buildings. She and the hubby wear earplugs to bed. She uncovers activist groups like Silent Majority and consults with an an "otologist" who talks about "degradation of quality of life." She prices sound-proof windows, curtains, and even a padded bed cell. In the end, she moves. So sad....

...but then there is the lovely story of Homewood, a modernist country house in Surrey (that's England) that has been opened to the public as a museum. A luxurious, 1938 Brit take on the work of people like Le Corbusier and Wright. Mitchell Owens says "the effect is a bit James Bond. Connery, not Brosnan: effortlessly suave, a trifle self-conscious, seriously chic."
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