Friday, December 15, 2017


This huge donut has been a few miles from me
 since I was a teenager in the 50's.

There used to be a chain of these in Los Angeles.
They had great chili!!

This post is about mimetic architecture.  To explain:


In architecture, the form of the mimetic building imitates the functions that go on inside the building. The adjective "mimetic" (pronounced mi-MET-ic) comes from the Greek word mimetikos, meaning "to imitate." Think of the words "mime" and "mimic," and you may be be confused about the pronunciation, but not the spelling!!

Some prime examples:

Photo by Bruce Gifford / Moment Mobile / Getty Images (cropped)

Mimetic architecture is more like McDonald's making itself into a Happy Meal. The familiar red container heaping with fries becomes part of the facade at this fast food franchise. This playful architecture is often found in tourist spots, like near the theme parks of Orlando, Florida.

Another McDonald's:
One of the McDonald's in Dallas was built to be the "world's biggest Happy Meal"—the PlayPlace forms the box, and the building is adorned with gigantic hamburgers, French fries, Cokes, and a Ronald McDonald. The unique kid-friendly exterior—it's the only Happy Meal-shaped McDonald's in the world—is in contrast to the classy interior: Austrian crystal chandeliers, Ralph Lauren wallpaper, granite floors, and
mahogany booths. 

Need a cell phone ?

Or binoculars?

Maybe you'd like to take a picture of this camera store:

How about a handcrafted maple basket?

 This one has a seven-story atrium, heated handles that prevent ice formation, and two 725-pound gold leaf Longaberger tags. 

Need to rent some heavy equipment?

Like to fish?
Visit the National Fisheries Development Board Building in Hyderabad, India:

This is a parking garage for a Kansas City library cleverly concealed behind what looks like the bindings of 22 giant books. What’s really terrific is that local residents got to help pick what books would get the nod for 25-foot renderings on the side of the garage. Some of the tiles that made the cut: Catch-22, Invisible Man, The Lord of the Rings, Silent Spring, and Charlotte’s Web.

Into music?

In case you're hungry and/or thirsty:

The beak & eyes move!!

This barrel is a bar in Japan.

This used to be a brewery.