Friday, January 22, 2010

Urban architecture? - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Strolling in Kuala Lumpur is not easy at all: the sidewalks are almost half-meter high and at each junction or gate you'll have to climb one. The banyan tree roots form sharp bumps and holes; posts, trees, canopies and vehicles turn the paths into slalom slopes. If it has just rained, and it happens quite often, the shaky tiles spit sewage at the passers-by. An English student of Pakistani blood is miming the feats of a pedestrian in town: his movements reminds of a Monty Python's sketch. We normally call it urban architecture: in Kuala Lumpur it's rather a kind of gymkhana.

Screen-shot from Monty Python's "Ministry of silly walks", from

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