Sunday, June 12, 2011
A bit of historical contrast
In the Old Town, just a few hundred meters away, city walls built more than five hundred years ago are still holding up remarkably well. The Linnahall, a concert hall built in 1980 for the Moscow Olympics, is already disused, abandoned and falling apart. How can a 500 year-old building still be in great shape while a 30-year-old building is falling apart? It is astonishing, but I think it comes down to two things. First, of course, is the shoddy construction. No stone and concrete building should be crumbling the way some of these are after such a short time. Second, people just don't care enough about most of these buildings, or have the resources available, to maintain them.