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Thomassons: extinct architecture


The 99% invisible is a brilliant podcast. I was alerted to the so-called Thomassons. These are architectural artefacts who have lost their function, but, and this is crucial: are still being maintained. For – essentially – no reason whatsoever. It is surprisingly hard to find images that exemplifies it. What I find fascinating, is the “used to be useful – now it is useless – we paint it anyway”. You could, I suppose, call it architectural evolutionary dead ends. Perhaps they are a comment on our society, but the point is they seem unconscious and somehow invisible. Look for them, they are extinct, architectural species.


“Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is”. All-round nerd with a tendency to poke things with a stick to see what happens. Doodler, artist, bookbinder, photographer, illustrator, visual; interaction & UX designer, spider in the web.

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