Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Architecture of the Imagination

"Why temples? thought Moist, as he looked up at the facade of the Royal Bank of Ankh-Morpork.  Why do they always build banks to look like temples, ...? 

... As temples of money went, this one wasn't bad.  The architect at least knew how to design a decent column, and also knew when to stop.  He had set his face like flint against any prospect of cherubs, although above the columns was a high-minded frieze showing something allegorical involving maidens and urns.  ...
 
...  And behind it was the Royal Mint, which never showed any signs of life at all. 
 
It would be hard to imagine an uglier building that hadn't won a major architectural award.  The Mint was a gaunt brick-and-stone block, its windows high, small, many, and barred, its doors protected by portcullises, its whole construction saying to the world: Don't Even Think About It."
 
From Making Money by Terry Pratchett  (sequel to Going Postal)  

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