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Old February 25th, 2009, 04:41 AM   #121
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Maybe it's because it's hideous?
may that be true, or you could just be accused of having narrow taste.

All in the eye of the beholder.

But after all, if all comparasions of public infrastructure are measured by its lack of "hidousness", why don't we all just build gardens instead? because after all, who need trains. right?
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Old February 25th, 2009, 12:48 PM   #122
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You realise that the original article was about stations that were an interesting destination by themselves? It is not about the most functional station in the world.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 08:31 PM   #123
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Well, but it's just trashy monumentalism and pseudo-historisme. Looks awful. I'm not familiar with asian standards and your tastes, but in my reality It'd be simmilar to for example Berlin Hbf with some gothic towers here and there
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Old February 25th, 2009, 08:59 PM   #124
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may that be true, or you could just be accused of having narrow taste.

All in the eye of the beholder.

But after all, if all comparasions of public infrastructure are measured by its lack of "hidousness", why don't we all just build gardens instead? because after all, who need trains. right?
Firstly, this thread is about aesthetics, read the first post.

Secondly, just because a station is functional does not mean it has to be a hideous carbuncle like Beijing West.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 10:48 PM   #125
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I like the look of Beijing west actually
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Old February 26th, 2009, 12:31 AM   #126
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What's with all the Chinese stations? What do you try to prove? Gigantism equals being a top train station? Well here's a little fyi: It doesn't. A top station keeps the balance between a unique appearance (and i'm not refering to this hideous Beijing West monster which was probably constructed by a former Disneyland engineer), short ways and a wide range of long- and close distance connections and a comfortable atmosphere for the passengers.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 06:06 AM   #127
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There are currently ALOT of massive Chinese stations being built/ recently built as China hooks up into a HSR network the size of Europe's. Guangzhou and Wuhan have two major new stations off the top of my head with great designs, completely unknown.

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Old February 26th, 2009, 06:17 AM   #128
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You realise that the original article was about stations that were an interesting destination by themselves? It is not about the most functional station in the world.
From what I gathered from post number 1, again I didn't read the original article, the media was actually listing the "top 10 stations in the world".

The only thing I thought that the first post mentioned about beauty was the fact that how the station looked have heavy influence in the determination of this list, but so is how the station is used, thus functionality. So maybe the title of the list should've been changed to "What we think are the prettiest stations in the world".

So if the orignal article said it was measuing the best looking stations in the world, then I have another list in mind. But that's not what the title said.


But also, what's wrong with how Beijing West looks? I think it looks fine. So in my opinion, all you who insults it have narrow tastes. You can think what you want about me.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 07:06 AM   #129
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Posting nice pictures is the point of this forum. Everybody should send pictures of buildings that they think nice or worth sharing...

I am very glad to stations from China and from other parts of the world.

And, please, keep in mind that beauty can be very subjective and there is nothing wrong with that!
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All comunistic countries try to overwhelm people with gigantism, China is no different. All those stations could fulfill their duties even if they were 3 times smaller.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 06:39 PM   #131
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^the Chinese termini are not big merely to impress some kind of complex. Do you have any idea the amount of problems Chinese cities have with their populations - especially Chinese Spring Festival - each time the biggest movement of humans in history?

This is why they have to be so big, every major station turns into a Chinese version of the Hajj in Mecca each January -sometimes bigger - with huge crowd control. All this is highly organised with massive months-in-advance prepaid ticketing and reservation systems, but the sheer numbers as 150 million people descend onto the network at the same time is crazy. This is why Chinese termini, although with only up to 14 platforms, are still so much larger:










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Old February 26th, 2009, 07:55 PM   #132
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All comunistic countries try to overwhelm people with gigantism, China is no different. All those stations could fulfill their duties even if they were 3 times smaller.

You are completely wrong.

1) This is China. A population of 1.3 billion we are talkin about. Everything has to be designed according to this fact.

2) All governments try to overwhelm people with some fancy projects. This is true for USA, China, England, Papua New Guinea, Mozambique, Iraq.............
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Old February 27th, 2009, 02:45 AM   #133
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But also, what's wrong with how Beijing West looks? I think it looks fine. So in my opinion, all you who insults it have narrow tastes. You can think what you want about me.
This isn't for "fine" stations, this is for beautiful stations...

Can you honestly tell me you think Beijing West is beautiful?
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yes. It's the scale that gets me


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Old February 27th, 2009, 04:18 PM   #135
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It's an amazing building for sure.
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only the pakistan station is questionable for me.

i really like old charm stations than those modern ones --> they don't say much about the history.
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Old February 28th, 2009, 07:48 AM   #137
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This isn't for "fine" stations, this is for beautiful stations...

Can you honestly tell me you think Beijing West is beautiful?
It's a very impressive execution of post-modernist architecture being merged with triditional Chinese culture.

yes, it is beautiful.

At least I think that's post-modern. Any building freaks here who can tell me for sure?
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All comunistic countries try to overwhelm people with gigantism, China is no different. All those stations could fulfill their duties even if they were 3 times smaller.
I don't think you know what you're talking about. But I certainlly don't think you're describing China. Canada maybe. But then again, which one's communist?
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It's a very impressive execution of post-modernist architecture being merged with triditional Chinese culture.

yes, it is beautiful.

At least I think that's post-modern. Any building freaks here who can tell me for sure?
I fail to see how anyone can think it's beautiful, but alas...
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Old March 1st, 2009, 06:45 PM   #140
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lol comunistic.....

So what? Let them build big stations there is nothing wrong with that. I'm glad because at least I can "see" the rail influence in China. Our US doesn't seem to care about rail.
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