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Adobe Shmadobe

I like Santa Fe but ? I can’t tell the difference between a JC Penney’s and The Church of JC Latter Day Saints. Everything looks the same on the outside. The streets are translation-invariant. You can’t tell where you are by looking at the buildings. Noether’s theorem says there must be a conservation law as a consequence of invariance, but here the invariance is a consequence of a conservation Law. I am almost yearning for a little American graffiti.

The homogeneity reminded me of Robert Venturi, who wrote Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture. Complexity is what Santa Fe is famous for, but the facades of the houses don’t seem to embody it at all.

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