"The destructive character is young and cheerful. For destroying rejuvenates in clearing away the traces of our own age; it cheers because everything cleared away means to the destroyer a complete reduction, indeed eradication, of his own condition. But what contributes most of all to this Apollonian image of the destroyer is the realization of how immensely the world is simplified when tested for its worthiness of destruction. This is the great bond embracing and unifying all that exists. It is a sight that affords the destructive character a spectacle of deepest harmony."
Is it the instability of the ground beneath our feet that accounts for the impermanence too of the above-ground culture of Los Angeles--whether the Ambassador Hotel or movie sets labored over for months and struck in a single day? BLDGBLOG ponders the imaginative destruction of edificies past and future below, presenting us with The Woolworth Building consumed by a tsunami and other archi-disasters.