Whenishness

Time is of the essence, but that doesn’t mean one should hurry. To the contrary, hurrying implies going too fast. No, rhythm is key in architecture as in weblishing. (I just made that word up. I kind of like it.) So to answer the question of when, let’s say weekdaily. It’s a bit of a stretch, maybe, and many days will likely just be a sentance or two, or maybe a picture, but still, something every weekday. We’ll see how it goes.

Rhythm, as I said, is important in architecture, and has many manifestations. For thoughts on this topic, see my collected works. Time has other architectural manifestations, of course, including one of my favorite kinds of street furniture: public clocks. Unless the the clock is attached to the main factory in a company town it’s usually a largely altruistic gesture, a helpful piece of funiture in the public living room. It reminds us it’s time for a drink, time to catch our train, or just that time flies and life is short. Public clocks also make for excellent meeting places (think of the clock in Grand Central Terminal), especially if you are early and the person you are meeting is not: “You are 37 seconds late! Look!”

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A new clock was recently added in the rennovation at 10 Downing Street, and it’s really lovely. It lights up at night, has a great font, and boasts a second hand with a circle. Very nice.

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