Dead Gorgeous

1933 Center in Shanghai is the Daily Pic by Blake Gopnik

The Daily Pic: At the 1933 arts center in Shanghai, death goes Art Deco.

(Photo by Blake Gopnik)

A view down into the wild, Art Deco abattoir now called the 1933 Center in Shanghai. Brutalism avant-la-lettre, and as usual, I love all that concrete. Apparently, however, the creatively reused building hasn’t really succeeded as an arts-and-culture center, so I have a modest proposal: Return it to its original function, for which it was so carefully and elegantly designed.

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