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March 02, 2005

Best Headline of the Day

From Boing Boing:

Boing Boing: Gehry fries pedestrians, eggs with solar death ray:

Sunlight reflected from the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles has 'roasted the sidewalk to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, enough to melt plastic and cause serious sunburn to people standing on the street'. The fix: dull the building's highly reflective surface. Or -- meep-meep! Paging mister Christo! Need some orange curtains over here....

Update: BB reader Athelind sez: "This image is the Disney Concert Hall. This image is the Odeillo Solar Furnace in France, which can produce power densities of 12 megawatts per square centimeter. Notice any similarities? My comments on the story can be found here. Have a bright, sunny day!"

Update: BB reader Anthony Rue says: "The Gehry opera house is not Frank's most dangerous design. The Case Western Reserve administrative building in Cleveland has been threatening passersby with ice and snow fall for three years now"

Posted by DeLong at March 2, 2005 12:36 PM