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I’m so going to be using the word ‘Bimble’ from now on - great pics - IOD is an interesting area - the problem is that I still think of the 80’s as being quite recent!!!

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Thank you Richard and I’m glad “bimble” will be added to your vocabulary! I know what you mean about the 80s. I didn’t really take in this style of architecture at the time, but the more I look the more I see it. Little quirks in buildings I pass every day - even one on the road I live on!

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As an unabashed fan of Venturi and the controversial “PoMo” architecture and design, I appreciated going through this post.

I have a feeling this fun, exuberant style will be far more appreciated in 50 years. Modernist architecture only recently began to be appreciated en masse, and even still there’s a lot of naysayers. Although high end modernist interior design has long been appreciated. PoMo is far more derided though. I hope as much can be preserved but it’s unfortunately unappreciated and “ugly” because of its place in time relative to us right now.

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Thank you.

I think it will be appreciated. Most architectural styles take time before they are. Let's hope enough survive until that time. I'm fairly new to PoMo and am enjoying discovering these happy buildings. I am beginning to see its influence in lots of buildings - even on my road.

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Amazing photos, congratulations!

I was looking forward to seeing this since you shared you were there photographing. I find this area of London very surreal.

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Thank you Xavi. It’s been sitting in drafts for a few weeks! Yes it’s a fascinating area. I find it quite alien (especially the business area) but also enthralling. There’s so much building going on - I need to revisit soon. The Elizabeth Line makes it so much easier now from Paddington.

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Very good shots, Andrew, especially the first two. It almost looks like you used a tilt-shift lens, but you were probably far enough away from the towers to get a nice elevational view.

Many of the best post modern architects were very skilled at making architectural renderings (or, perhaps, their assistants were). The use of watercolours and prismacolor pencils brought colour back into architecture before money was available to build their renderings (following the oil crisis and the recession). I think the work of that period (70s-80s) is an interesting case study of the relationship between the tools and media used to visualise and communicate ideas and the final, realised buildings.

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Thank you Mark. I don’t have a tilt-shift lens so I try to get the verticals correct in shot and then use Lightroom geometry to fine tune it.

I like the quirky, fun approach to many post-modern buildings. The details and colours often bring a smile to my face.

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Post-modern buildings have certainly brought some colour and humour into our cities.

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Sep 8, 2023Liked by Andrew Eberlin

This is so well done, Andrew. The compositions are beautiful and what an opportunity to learn. Thank you for sharing.

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Thank you very much. That’s a very nice thing to read as I settle into Friday evening.

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How cool!! Would love to visit this area sometime

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Do visit! It's constantly changing. New buildings pop up each time I go. The air feels fresher too as the Thames surrounds the isle.

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Sep 8, 2023Liked by Andrew Eberlin

Such a brilliant photo essay, Andrew.

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Thank you very much Jill.

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Fine images, but difficult to come to terms with the age of One Canada Square. Still, JG Ballard was still alive to appreciate it.

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I believe the correct response to Photo number 2 would be an operatic and demonstrative chef's kiss.

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