Monday, July 20, 2009

Went to Market

Me and Ms Thought went to Sheffield recently, and as is customary I've generated (at least) two articles out of the experience, as it remains an enormously interesting city utterly determined to make itself uninteresting. The second one, then, is a visit to the fantastic Castle Market for Nothing to See Here. My praise of the market elicited a raised eyebrow or two last time, but I really can't see why, bar the 'omg poor people' reaction that seems to accompany much architectural criticism. Note also that each of her photos have been annotated in photo-essay manner, and that you can see us both in appropriately faceless silhouette in the pic above.


Blogger Conrad H. Roth said...

Nice to see some appreciation for the work (partially) of the great Andrew Darbyshire, one of my architectural heroes for his campus design. He's still alive, though not sure for how long...

11:31 pm  
Blogger owen hatherley said...

He's a Sir, I think, Mr Darbyshire. I keep meaning to pay a visit his Hillingdon vernacular megastructure - though obviously I oppose pitched roofs and warm brick on ideological grounds, it looks impressive in photographs. Maybe I should not blame it for its progeny, especially as I tend to get very annoyed when some Wimpey system-built thing is blamed on Corb or whoever.

11:56 pm  
Anonymous Lang Rabbie said...

It's Derbyshire, as in the county!

And if there is going to be a critical revival of interest in Hillingdon Civic Centre "neo-vernacular", I claim priority in my response to your post of April 17th in which I praised the former Sheffield Fire HQ

12:11 am  
Blogger owen hatherley said...

Indeed you did. I thought the Fire Station a bit of a mess to be honest, though naturally far better than the other stuff from that period in Sheffield, like the bus station, the unforgivable Hyde Park redevelopment, that block near the town hall that proudly says '1987' on it.

Both Pevsner and Alan Powers' Britain book say Darbyshire, with an a.

12:27 am  
Blogger owen hatherley said...

...unless it's not the same Andrew De/arbyshire...?

12:30 am  
Anonymous Lan said...

Strike me down, but in that case I think the Pevsner and Radcliffe's Yorkshire: The West Riding volume may be wrong!

1:07 am  
Blogger owen hatherley said...

Good God man.

1:36 am  
Blogger Conrad H. Roth said...

Oh wait, it is "Derbyshire". (And Sir.) I get confused because his files up at York were misfiled under "Darbywhire".

11:44 am  
Blogger Conrad H. Roth said...

-"shire", I mean.

11:44 am  
Blogger Chris Matthews said...

Does this look familiar?

Lots of Castle Market pics in Richard Hawley's 'Late Night Final'. Really like Ms Thought's photos - I particularly like the staircases.

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