We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I gotta say, a lot of those buildings look like they would leak.
I wonder what the maintainance people say about them.
I do like buildings by Pei. And I wonder if the Frank Gehry buildings will stand the test of time both structurally and in popularity. I think sometimes owners of unusual buildings pay so much for them that they can only speak highly about them. To do otherwise might undermine credibility and a large investment.
There's a little town in the Oz outback--it's an opal mining town--and it's all underground. The houses are man-made caves, but are lit to the nines and elegantly furnished. Wish I could find the website. I filed under something or other, I know.
The Bilbao Museum, "the building of the century," maintainence nightmare of the next. I'll bet in fifty years it looks rundown and ratty. Not that there is anything wrong with disposable buildings, I think of them as the architectural analog of styrofoam plates.
Here’s one for the ages (certainly has taken an age to build, but well worth it) (takes an age to climb to the tippy top, too) (maintenance by God o'er the ages we must believe): La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi, Barcelona
DZ...I wish you well. Try to make it to New Zealand's South Island too.
In the outback there is an immense amount of nothing, but if you first get to Alice Springs (dead center of continent) you'll have a nice place to use as a hub. Darwin is to the north and worth seeing...Syndney,Melbourne are just cities.
Christchurch, NZ is a great hub on the South Island of NZ. You can make it Mt. Cook (snowcapped year 'reound and part of the"Southern Alps" or you can trek some beautiful rain forrest.
I was lucky enough to have a job that took me to Aus/NZ a good deal ('70's) Been there for a tottal of about a year and a half total..If I spent a majority of time in one as opposed to the other I'd do NZ. Christchurch has public grass tennis courts, wonderful people, and is known as the Stratford -0n -Avon of the Sothern hemisphere.
All the best.
Habu, good advice. NZ does sound wonderful- grass courts and mountainsides both. Have only been to Sydney where the person with whom I was traveling found the service stairs to the top of the Opera House and ran along its ridges in a bout of American bravada, discovering the best view of the harbor, I imagine. Didn’t Beverly Sills sing from the rooftop at one point?
Sydney Opera House, another good one: http://www.aspen-ridge.net/Places/Australia/Sydney_Opera_House.jpg