The Getty Museum, Los Angeles 蓋蒂博物館

Form, shape, line, structure, color…
And most important of all,
The light, the luminosity!

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Amazing architecture, but is it really good to push everything to the limit?

Those early LA diners started using large glass window so that by passing people can see customers devouring inside and thus feel attracted. The open kitchen inside a restaurant can make customers feel the waiting time is shorter before their food is served. But the open kitchen concept is only limited for the view of the upper body of chef because you don’t want people to see the cook dropping something on the floor which would associate with something negative…all sort of tricks. Yes, we want people to consume more, eat more and preferably more of lower cost stuff, hence the obesity and those poisonous stuff flowing all around. Is it really good to push everything to the limit?

線條、結構,令人驚歎的建築物,從每一個角度看都有其美麗之處。

館內提供的建築之旅、花園之旅都很值得去。

比如說,導覽員會說:早期加州那些路邊餐館開始打造大玻璃窗的用餐環境,這樣經過的人能看見裡面的人在大快朵頤,以此吸引顧客。餐廳研究又發現,開放式廚房能讓人覺得等餐的時間短些,於是有了開放式廚房。但是僅限於上半身,因為你不想讓顧客看到廚師掉了什麽東西在地上……(然後,我就會想,把一切事物推到極致真的是好事嗎?吸引人大吃特吃,而且最好是低成本的東西,於是哪個國家有最肥胖的人口?而且還不是一般的肥胖,是病態性、完全超越人體結構的肥胖。)

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While developing country people would be sarcastic about the Middle East’s sitting on piles of oil money and lack of democracy etc., it is shocking to learn that California used to account for 1/5 of world’s oil production yet nowadays, not too long after that period, the local government has been on the verge of insolvency.

比如說,導覽員會說:加州曾經占世界石油產量的五分之一。(哇,那是多少錢呀?美國人老是看不起中東人,覺得他們王室大賺石油錢卻不民主等等的,曾經這麽有錢又民主法治的加州,不知怎麽會搞到近年政府長期在破產邊緣掙扎的地步?)

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Still, thanks to the wealthy Californians so that there are all sort of beautiful experiment of architect for public landmark buildings, corporate buildings and individual residences, plus this well-run, inspiring and free museum for all to visit.

They even have their own tram!

嘟囔半天,還是得感謝加州有錢人,花錢實驗各式各樣創意建築物之餘(從公共建築、商業建築到私人住宅都有),還有這樣一個博物館保存歷史發展的歷程,並帶給人更多的啓發——除了停車15元外,其他一切,包括坐小列車上山都是免費的唷~

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