Design Observer

About
Books
Job Board
Newsletters
Archive
Contact



Observatory

About
Resources
Submissions
Contact


Featured Writers

Michael Bierut
William Drenttel
John Foster
Jessica Helfand
Alexandra Lange
Mark Lamster
Paul Polak
Rick Poynor
John Thackara
Rob Walker


Departments

Advertisement
Audio
Books
Collections
Dear Bonnie
Dialogues
Essays
Events
Foster Column
From Our Archive
Gallery
Interviews
Miscellaneous
Opinions
Partner News
Photos
Poetry
Primary Sources
Projects
Report
Reviews
Slideshows
The Academy
Today Column
Unusual Suspects
Video


Topics

Advertising
Architecture
Art
Books
Branding
Business
Cities / Places
Community
Craft
Culture
Design History
Design Practice
Development
Disaster Relief
Ecology
Economy
Education
Energy
Environment
Fashion
Film / Video
Food/Agriculture
Geography
Global / Local
Graphic Design
Health / Safety
History
Housing
Ideas
Illustration
India
Industry
Info Design
Infrastructure
Interaction Design
Internet / Blogs
Journalism
Landscape
Literature
Magazines
Media
Museums
Music
Nature
Obituary
Other
Peace
Philanthropy
Photography
Planning
Poetry
Politics / Policy
Popular Culture
Poverty
Preservation
Product Design
Public / Private
Public Art
Religion
Reputations
Science
Shelter
Social Enterprise
Sports
Sustainability
Technology
Theory/Criticism
Transportation
TV / Radio
Typography
Urbanism
Water


Comments Posted 08.18.09 | PERMALINK | PRINT

Mark Lamster

Too Much Stuff


css1a

In one of his classic routines, George Carlin wondered that there could be a "whole industry based on keeping an eye on your stuff." In New York City, where space is precious, we have veritable storage palaces, air-conditioned warehouses with sophisticated security systems. Out in the hinterlands, the form is somewhat different: typically a few long rows of sheds with a series of garage-sized private enclosures. They create some rather stark geometries in the landscape that remind me of the work of Robert Adams. I've seen a good number of these developments recently, usually close to an exit on a major traffic artery. The one pictured here is in Craryville, New York, at the junction of the Taconic Parkway and Route 23. The Martindale Chief diner is across the road. They make a mean BLT.

img_3156
css2a css4 css5 img_3150
Share This Story

RELATED POSTS


The Once & Future Whitney Museum


The Evil, Evil Grain Elevator


Design Indaba 2011


Site, Ascendant


Cuba Libre: Contemporary Architecture in Havana



LOG IN TO POST A COMMENT
Don't have an account? Create an account. Forgot your password? Click here.

Email


Password




|
Share This Story



Mark Lamster is the architecture critic of the Dallas Morning News and a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture. A contributing editor to Architectural Review, he is currently at work on his third book, a biography of the late architect Philip Johnson. Follow: @marklamster.
More >>

DESIGN OBSERVER JOBS