Some buildings are improved by time, while others, like the Beacon Hill Branch of The Seattle Public Library (completed in 2005), have an unfavorable relationship with time:

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Designed by Carlson Architects, the building is much closer to "rubble engineering" than actual architecture. As for that flying boat thingy, we see in it the essence of a very limited (if not underdeveloped) imagination. That essence is frivolity. We need to put less frivolity into our public art. The class function of frivolity is to neutralizes the politics of a situation or site. Frivolity is to the art world what the expression "excellence" is to the university system. Both do not add meaning to a situation/site/process but empty it of meaning.

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