kandahar vs. levittown

the walled family compounds of kandahar

kandahar

…vs. the invisible boundaries of levittown

levittown

previously: there’s no place like home

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11 Comments

  1. When I had to put guard towers in a district governor’s Kandahar compound his guards wouldn’t let me put them anywhere useful because they didn’t want to be able to see over their neighbor’s walls and make them take revenge for peeping on their women.

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  2. @dylan – “When I had to put guard towers in a district governor’s Kandahar compound his guards wouldn’t let me put them anywhere useful because they didn’t want to be able to see over their neighbor’s walls and make them take revenge for peeping on their women.”

    ooooohhhhhhh! oh, boy. yeah — that’s a problem. =/

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  3. @socal patriot – “These two photos look like different precincts in the same conformist Hell!”

    heh! yes, you are right. i was focusing on the differences between these two places, but there are, indeed, some disturbing similarities. (disturbing to contrarians!) i guess most people just like to be like the other people around them (baaaaa!).

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  4. The architectural aspects of the clannish spectrum are one of the most fascinating bits.

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  5. @grey – “The architectural aspects of the clannish spectrum are one of the most fascinating bits.”

    oh, don’t encourage me, or i’ll never shut up about it (either)! (~_^)

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  6. The big adjustment I had to make moving from the east coast to California as a kid was fences everywhere. The middle-class suburb in Delaware had almost no fences, and we all thought the couple who had a fence around their yard were weird. In California, every. single. house. had a 6ft fence around the back yard.

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  7. “the architecture really should be thought of as extended phenotypes.”

    Yes exactly, coral on a rock.

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