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Well it’s Day Day 920 of Build Back Better.  

 

Nothing is built.

 

Nothing is back.

 

Nothing is better.  Tweet Ragged Trousered Philanderer 25th September 2002

 

 

As long as this building stands there will probably be some who refer to Trump Tower as the House that Tax Abatements built.  Empires of New York s1e2: Nothing in Their Way  television report, Netflix 2020

 

 

The man who was in the orbiting space craft ... Michael Collins was giving a live report back to NASA and he began to describe something that actually blew my socks off almost, and this was that he saw a large building – what appeared to be a man-made building below, and this was a tall building; I think he said seven storeys.  Now, [for] eleven minutes he described what he was looking at around the moon.  That eleven minutes was cut out of every other broadcast.  Jonathan Gray, interview Coast to Coast Hidden Discoveries

 

 

For thousands of years we’ve had a passion to build high.  Supersized Earth I, BBC 2012

 

 

I have had the father feeling for a building, but I never had it for my children.  Frank Lloyd Wright

 

 

Whatever man might build could never express or reflect more than he was.  He could record neither more nor less than he had learned of life when the buildings were built.  Frank Lloyd Wright

 

 

Why, I just shake the buildings out of my sleeves.  Frank Lloyd Wright

 

 

2000: Bob The Builder: Can We Fix It?  The Christmas No. 1 Story, BBC 2012

 

 

You’re too late – Van Gogh has left the building.  Rab C Nesbitt: Bulb, BBC 1997

 

 

A mania for building massive stone structures.  Bettany Hughes, Seven Ages of Britain 1066 A.D.  1350 A.D. Channel 4 2003

 

 

In less than a hundred and fifty years the pagan men from the north had become the master builders of Christianity.  Professor Robert Bartlett, The Normans I 2010

 

 

Spring 1851: The word Victoria enters the English language and a very small woman enters a very big building.  She is four-foot-eleven yet somehow she fills it.  Her moment is so pregnant for the future it seems holy.  Victoria herself is flooded with religious awe.  Neither she nor anyone else has ever seen anything like this building before: a greenhouse the size of a palace with a difference that this is from the beginning a Peoples Palace.  A popular magazine calls it the Crystal Palace ... A huge showcase for Britain’s industrial empire.  Simon Schama, A History of Britain: Victoria and Her Sisters, BBC 2003

 

 

May 1st 1851 ... Hyde Park London: from the Earth rose a vast glittering Crystal Palace made of glass and cast iron ... It took the world’s breath away ... One picture captured the significance of that day: The First of May 1851, Franz Winterhalter.  Jeremy Paxman, The Victorians: Having It All, BBC 2009

 

 

Paxton’s beautiful building won the hearts of the nation ... the Crystal Palace ... The Great Exhibition was Britain’s show.  Empires: Queen Victoria’s Empire I: Engines of Change PBS 2001

 

 

Modern Britain loves its heritage ... It’s taken a revolution to make us a nation that values our ancient buildings and monuments.  Heritage! The Battle for Britain's Past I: From Old Bones to Precious Stones, BBC 2013  

 

This is the story of how the heritage movement was ignited.  ibid.

 

Ruskin spread his gospel through a string of books and packed lecture tours.  ibid.

 

Morris founded the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.  ibid.

 

 

In September 1918 Britains most famous monument – Stonehenge – was given to the nation.  Heritage! The Battle for Britain's Past II: The Men From The Ministry, BBC 2015

 

The men from the ministry would command a massive rescue operation.  ibid. 

 

The cities of Britain were modernising and expanding haphazardly into the countryside.  ibid.

 

In 1918 many great ruins were on the verge of collapse.  ibid.

 

Office of Works v National Trust.  ibid.

 

 

Out of the ruins was born the modern listing system that signalled a new hopefully safer future for the best old buildings of Britain.  Heritage! The Battle for Britain's Past III: Broken Propylaeums

 

It was even called the Rape of Britain ... Modernism became discredited.  ibid.

 

The provision of new housing: a new generation of architects was ready.  ibid.

 

Georgian buildings remained underrated.  ibid.

 

In his trusty Austin 1100 and taking twenty-three years to do it, [Nikolaus] Pevsner methodically criss-crossed the country cataloguing Englands most important buildings.  ibid.

 

The fight to save The Euston Arch [Propylaeum] from demolition.  ibid.

 

The attack on old buildings continued for several years.  ibid.

 

By 1975 ... the country was losing a listed building every day to demolition.  ibid.

 

 

Elvis has left the building.  Horace Lee Logan, 1956

 

 

The still unfinished Xanadu.  The cost: no man can say.  Citizen Kane 1941 starring Orson Welles & Joseph Cotten & Dorothy Comingore & Everett Sloane & Ray Collins & George Coulouris & Agnes Moorehead & Paul Stewart & Ruth Warrick & Erskine Sanford & William Alland & Harry Shannon et al, director Orson Welles

 

 

Look at them beautiful chimney-stacks.  And that carving.  Magic.  Fred Dibnah, Life with Fred 1/4: Part of the Dales on Film, BBC 1994

 

 

When the Romans came to Britain they brought with them far more sophisticated building techniques … Hadrian’s wall here is the biggest monument that the Roman Empire left behind for us.  Fred Dibnah’s Magnificent Monuments s1e1: Forts & Castles, BBC 2000

 

Conwy is a classic example of the principles of a medieval castle; Edward I was by far our greatest castle builder and his memorial is the great chain of eight great stone fortresses that he built here in north Wales.  ibid. 

 

 

How did they manage to build things that lasted for so long?  The materials they used must have been pretty good … cow dung: ‘It does give it more elasticity.’  Fred Dibnah’s Magnificent Monuments s1e2: Houses & Palaces  

 

 

St Walburge’s [spire] in Preston: 311 feet high; they reckon it’s the tallest church steeple in England.  Fred Dibnah’s Magnificent Monuments s1e3: Places of Worship

 

Man has been using stones to build places of worship for thousands of years.  ibid.

 

Avebury has been an important place of worship for nearly four and a half millennia.  ibid.

 

 

My back garden must be the only place left in Bolton that needs a chimney like this.  Fred Dibnah’s Magnificent Monuments s1e4: Places of Work

 

The techniques the thatchers are using were developed over two-thousand years ago.  ibid.

 

The Lloyds Insurance building … all its innards are on the outside.  ibid.

 

Lloyd business: a genuine Robert Adam dining room.  ibid.

 

 

The in 1741 Europe’s first wrought-iron suspension bridge was built over the River Tees.  Fred Dibnah’s Magnificent Monuments s1e5: Bridges and Tunnels

 

This 1,000-feet-long aqueduct which carries the Shropshire Union canal across a valley high above the River Dee.  ibid.

 

It was the coming of the railways that really pushed forward the development of bridges.  ibid.

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