History Main / AsceticAesthetic

8th Nov '17 11:29:08 PM morane
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* Skydiving aircraft are devoid of any upholstery and passenger gear sans the mandatory crash belts, and usually have their doors replaced with roll-up screens. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since each extra kilo to the sky is dead weight and fuel consumed.
8th Nov '17 11:25:11 PM morane
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* Hospitals and anything that has to do with biological research, and with good reason.

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* Abbeys and monasteries tend to represent the UrExample of this trope
* Hospitals and anything that has to do with biological research, and with good reason.
28th Oct '17 10:48:52 PM Actua11y
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The net feeling these places will evoke is the absence of it. Rooms, buildings and cities will seem cold and empty even when full of people. Though [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimalism Minimalism]] as a style can have a lot of character and personality, the Ascetic Aesthetic invokes an uneasy emptiness, be it of life (people are alienated), nature (nothing non-human lives there) or oppression ({{Dystopia}} ''loves'' this decorative statement).

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The net feeling these places will evoke is the absence of it. Rooms, buildings buildings, and cities will seem cold and empty even when full of people. Though [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimalism Minimalism]] as a style can have a lot of character and personality, the Ascetic Aesthetic invokes an uneasy emptiness, be it of life (people are alienated), nature (nothing non-human lives there) or oppression ({{Dystopia}} ''loves'' this decorative statement).



Please note that authors don't always cover every inch of their settings with an Ascetic Aesthetic. It can be localized to just one room as easily as a planet. For this reason, stories that feature a place with an Ascetic Aesthetic will often be contrasted at one or more points with at least one homey, hearthy, or all-natural location, where the characters who are closer to Earth dwell. If two factions embrace these opposite aesthetic and philosophical views, expect SlobsVersusSnobs.

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Please note that authors don't always cover every inch of their settings with an Ascetic Aesthetic. It can be localized to just one room as easily as a planet. For this reason, stories that feature a place with an Ascetic Aesthetic AsceticAesthetic will often be contrasted at one or more points with at least one homey, hearthy, or all-natural location, where the characters who are closer to Earth dwell. If two factions embrace these opposite aesthetic and philosophical views, expect SlobsVersusSnobs.



* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' really strikes home on how empty and lonely Barnaby's life is when his apartment is shown for the first time. The place is a large, modern studio, with hardly any decorations and almost no ''furniture'' save for an ergonomic chair and an elaborate computer/television setup [[spoiler: that he uses to obsessively investigate his parents' murders]]. His superhero partner Kotetsu's bachelor pad, on the other hand, is a sprawling, messy and colorful loft full of bookshelves, [=CD=]s, and photographs of his family. The contrast could hardly be sharper.

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* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' really strikes home on how empty and lonely Barnaby's life is when his apartment is shown for the first time. The place is a large, modern studio, with hardly any decorations and almost no ''furniture'' save for an ergonomic chair and an elaborate computer/television setup [[spoiler: that [[spoiler:that he uses to obsessively investigate his parents' murders]]. His superhero partner Kotetsu's bachelor pad, on the other hand, is a sprawling, messy and colorful loft full of bookshelves, [=CD=]s, and photographs of his family. The contrast could hardly be sharper.



** Interestingly, the ''Nostromo'' still shows signs of this trope in its living areas and especially the sickbay, which are all decorated in various shades of white and cream. But the effect is downplayed heavily by the set dressing; pictures from skin-mags cut out and stuck on the walls of people's bunks, tacky knick-nacks like that nodding-bird thing that were probably bought specifically to add a bit of colour, and the general clutter that accumulates when a place is lived in by anyone who's not a NeatFreak.

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** Interestingly, the ''Nostromo'' still shows signs of this trope in its living areas and especially the sickbay, which are all decorated in various shades of white and cream. But the effect is downplayed heavily by the set dressing; pictures from skin-mags cut out and stuck on the walls of people's bunks, tacky knick-nacks knick-knacks like that nodding-bird thing that were probably bought specifically to add a bit of colour, and the general clutter that accumulates when a place is lived in by anyone who's not a NeatFreak.



** Another example is given in the X-Wing series of Expanded Universe novels. When we are introduced to Ysanne Isard, director of Imperial Intelligence (basically running the Empire at this point), we are showed her huge office with nothing in it but a non-descript (though large) desk. The viewpoint character even comments of how luxurious it is to waste that much space on a crowded planet like Coruscant.

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** Another example is given in the X-Wing series of Expanded Universe novels. When we are introduced to Ysanne Isard, director of Imperial Intelligence (basically running the Empire at this point), we are showed shown her huge office with nothing in it but a non-descript (though large) desk. The viewpoint character even comments of how luxurious it is to waste that much space on a crowded planet like Coruscant.



* Miranda in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', with the colony's sterile neatness contrasted with [[spoiler: the long-deceased bodies of the colonists]]. Also shown with the scenes from the Academy at the beginning of the movie, and on the Alliance ships in the series proper, which were designed to look sterile and colorless with both architecture and uniform.

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* Miranda in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', with the colony's sterile neatness contrasted with [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the long-deceased bodies of the colonists]]. Also shown with the scenes from the Academy at the beginning of the movie, and on the Alliance ships in the series proper, which were designed to look sterile and colorless with both architecture and uniform.



* The Sarang moon base in ''Film/{{Moon}}'' has white, geometrical atmosphere that emphasizes the loneliness felt by the protagonist. It ''is'' a bit dirtier than the typical example, though.

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* The Sarang moon base in ''Film/{{Moon}}'' has a white, geometrical atmosphere that emphasizes the loneliness felt by the protagonist. It ''is'' a bit dirtier than the typical example, though.



* In the first ''Literature/ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'', the interior of [[EvilTowerOfOminousness Ridjeck Thome]], and specifically [[BigBad Lord Foul's]] private quarters, is like this; everything is elaborately and beautifully worked, but it is completely sterile and colorless, devoid even of Foul's minions (who are housed elsewhere in the fortress). The result give the chambers, an empty, frigid, lifeless and oppressive air that beats down on anyone who enters, described as a perfection that exists only to express contempt for all things that don't measure up to its standards.

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* In the first ''Literature/ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'', the interior of [[EvilTowerOfOminousness Ridjeck Thome]], and specifically [[BigBad Lord Foul's]] private quarters, is like this; everything is elaborately and beautifully worked, but it is completely sterile and colorless, devoid even of Foul's minions (who are housed elsewhere in the fortress). The result give gives the chambers, an empty, frigid, lifeless and oppressive air that beats down on anyone who enters, described as a perfection that exists only to express contempt for all things that don't measure up to its standards.



** One interesting detail though that the set designers added was the curved wooden oval with the tactical station on the bridge. It is probably the only time in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' we see a Federation ship with natural materials featuring prominently in the design. In interviews they mention it was to add a "homey" touch that also reinforced the "cruise ship in space" feel. Some of the concept sketches for the Next Gen ''Enterprise'' included ''hanging plants'' on the bridge.

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** One interesting detail though that the set designers added was the curved wooden oval with the tactical station on the bridge. It is probably the only time in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' we see a Federation ship with natural materials featuring prominently in the design. In interviews interviews, they mention it was to add a "homey" touch that also reinforced the "cruise ship in space" feel. Some of the concept sketches for the Next Gen ''Enterprise'' included ''hanging plants'' on the bridge.



* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' in inside of the Scarran ship are unusually white and clean, compared to the outside of the ship which has SpikesOfVillainy.

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' in the inside of the Scarran ship are unusually white and clean, compared to the outside of the ship which has SpikesOfVillainy.



* This was [[InvokedTrope invoked]] in the Series/{{Community}} episode "App Development and Condiments" as part of "futurisation" of the campus. The episode itself was an homage to films such as Film/LogansRun and Film/{{Zardoz}} and presented a "dystopian" society (though being "Community" the society was confined to the college, in the present day and was all just the result of them using an app to rate each other).

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* This was [[InvokedTrope invoked]] in the Series/{{Community}} episode "App Development and Condiments" as part of "futurisation" "futurization" of the campus. The episode itself was an homage to films such as Film/LogansRun and Film/{{Zardoz}} and presented a "dystopian" society (though being "Community" the society was confined to the college, in the present day and was all just the result of them using an app to rate each other).



** Ironically, both are now regarded as a leading figures of the architectural modernism, and Wright actually shared a lot of ground with Gropius.

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** Ironically, both are now regarded as a leading figures of the architectural modernism, and Wright actually shared a lot of ground with Gropius.



* The UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro. Rather than the usual American subways with square stations with low ceilings and tiled walls that veritably scream "1920", or the UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro model of opulent, palatial stations, the Metro goes for vast circular or elliptical stations with high ceilings in concrete with rounded-rectangle coffering, brick-red hexagonal tile floors, clean white-on-black signage (in Helvetica no less) and prolific use of rounded corners (many of which make the structures look like they could've come from [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Picard's]] ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Enterprise]]'' despite being designed at least ten years ''before'' that ever aired) and escalators. Oh, and it's remarkably efficient, the information displays--themselves simple, square, and unornamented--always tell you ''exactly'' how long you have to wait for your train, and it is seriously, seriously clean.[[note]]Seriously. At one point they arrested a twelve-year-old for eating ''one'' UsefulNotes/McDonalds french fry; this caused such an uproar--including a [[TextbookHumor dry mention]] in a [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts Supreme Court opinion]]--they've changed the penalty, but not the rule.[[/note]] Provided that the system is operating (which, since about 2015, has been an issue due to chronic negligence with maintaining the rails), it's one of the most if not the most pleasant subway ride in the Americas.[[note]]Buenos Aires and Santiago have some nice features and cool stations, and Mexico City's logos for each station (designed because until relatively recently, a majority of Mexicans were either illiterate or only semi-literate) are pretty cool, but in pure aesthetic terms, Washington is prettier--at least, for the many lovers of Mid-Century Modern.[[/note]] I mean, [[http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6145/5988918561_08bef0a64f_z.jpg get]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ec/USA-Metro_Farragut_West0.jpg a load]] [[http://inphotograph.com/wp-content/uploads/DC-Metro-Train-Photos-30-2.jpg of]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/WMATA_Metro_Center_crossvault_2009.jpg all]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Washington_DC_metro_station_bethesda.jpg this!]]

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* The UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro. Rather than the usual American subways with square stations with low ceilings and tiled walls that veritably scream "1920", or the UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro model of opulent, palatial stations, the Metro goes for vast circular or elliptical stations with high ceilings in concrete with rounded-rectangle coffering, brick-red hexagonal tile floors, clean white-on-black signage (in Helvetica no less) and prolific use of rounded corners (many of which make the structures look like they could've come from [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Picard's]] ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Enterprise]]'' despite being designed at least ten years ''before'' that ever aired) and escalators. Oh, and it's remarkably efficient, the information displays--themselves simple, square, and unornamented--always tell you ''exactly'' how long you have to wait for your train, and it is seriously, seriously clean.[[note]]Seriously. At one point they arrested a twelve-year-old for eating ''one'' UsefulNotes/McDonalds french fry; this caused such an uproar--including a [[TextbookHumor dry mention]] in a [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts Supreme Court opinion]]--they've changed the penalty, but not the rule.[[/note]] Provided that the system is operating (which, since about 2015, has been an issue due to chronic negligence with maintaining the rails), it's one of the most if not the most pleasant subway ride in the Americas.[[note]]Buenos Aires and Santiago have some nice features and cool stations, and Mexico City's logos for each station (designed because until relatively recently, a majority of Mexicans were either illiterate or only semi-literate) are pretty cool, but in pure purely aesthetic terms, Washington is prettier--at least, for the many lovers of Mid-Century Modern.[[/note]] I mean, [[http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6145/5988918561_08bef0a64f_z.jpg get]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ec/USA-Metro_Farragut_West0.jpg a load]] [[http://inphotograph.com/wp-content/uploads/DC-Metro-Train-Photos-30-2.jpg of]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/WMATA_Metro_Center_crossvault_2009.jpg all]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Washington_DC_metro_station_bethesda.jpg this!]]
2nd Oct '17 7:36:21 PM Doug86
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** Played with in ''Series/DeepSpaceNine''. Depending on the episode, Sisko's office is rather minimalistic, which can be jarring compared to the rest of the Ops set, which is quite busy. This serves to highlight that there's a lot more to running what is essentially a city in space than the episode may indicate. The variation on Sisko's office depends on which character is the focus of the episode. If it's not Sisko, we typically see it from the point of view of the character (i.e. the employee talking to the boss in his office). The only personal effect will be his prized baseball, which sits on a stand on the desk. If it's Sisko, it will be shot from his point of view, which will highlight a collection of models and oddities that will typically be behind the camera (as well as a couch he will be more relaxed while sitting on) and he will typically be playing with the baseball.

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** Played with in ''Series/DeepSpaceNine''.''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. Depending on the episode, Sisko's office is rather minimalistic, which can be jarring compared to the rest of the Ops set, which is quite busy. This serves to highlight that there's a lot more to running what is essentially a city in space than the episode may indicate. The variation on Sisko's office depends on which character is the focus of the episode. If it's not Sisko, we typically see it from the point of view of the character (i.e. the employee talking to the boss in his office). The only personal effect will be his prized baseball, which sits on a stand on the desk. If it's Sisko, it will be shot from his point of view, which will highlight a collection of models and oddities that will typically be behind the camera (as well as a couch he will be more relaxed while sitting on) and he will typically be playing with the baseball.
1st Oct '17 6:49:56 PM ApeAccount
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* This was [[InvokedTrope invoked]] in the Series/{{Community}} episode "App Development and Condiments" as part of "futurisation" of the campus. The episode itself was an homage to films such as Film/LogansRun and Film/{{Zardoz}} and presented a "dystopian" society (though being "Community" the society was confined to the college, in the present day and was all just the result of them using an app to rate each other).
22nd Sep '17 1:55:36 PM AFP
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* Miranda in ''Film/{{Serenity}}''. Also shown with the scenes from the Academy at the beginning of the movie, and on the Alliance ships in the series proper, which were designed to look sterile and colorless with both architecture and uniform.

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* Miranda in ''Film/{{Serenity}}''.''Film/{{Serenity}}'', with the colony's sterile neatness contrasted with [[spoiler: the long-deceased bodies of the colonists]]. Also shown with the scenes from the Academy at the beginning of the movie, and on the Alliance ships in the series proper, which were designed to look sterile and colorless with both architecture and uniform.
9th Sep '17 2:25:26 PM nombretomado
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* The UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro. Rather than the usual American subways with square stations with low ceilings and tiled walls that veritably scream "1920", or the UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro model of opulent, palatial stations, the Metro goes for vast circular or elliptical stations with high ceilings in concrete with rounded-rectangle coffering, brick-red hexagonal tile floors, clean white-on-black signage (in Helvetica no less) and prolific use of rounded corners (many of which make the structures look like they could've come from [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Picard's]] ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Enterprise]]'' despite being designed at least ten years ''before'' that ever aired) and escalators. Oh, and it's remarkably efficient, the information displays--themselves simple, square, and unornamented--always tell you ''exactly'' how long you have to wait for your train, and it is seriously, seriously clean.[[note]]Seriously. At one point they arrested a twelve-year-old for eating ''one'' UsefulNotes/McDonalds french fry; this caused such an uproar--including a [[TextbookHumor dry mention]] in a [[AmericanCourts Supreme Court opinion]]--they've changed the penalty, but not the rule.[[/note]] Provided that the system is operating (which, since about 2015, has been an issue due to chronic negligence with maintaining the rails), it's one of the most if not the most pleasant subway ride in the Americas.[[note]]Buenos Aires and Santiago have some nice features and cool stations, and Mexico City's logos for each station (designed because until relatively recently, a majority of Mexicans were either illiterate or only semi-literate) are pretty cool, but in pure aesthetic terms, Washington is prettier--at least, for the many lovers of Mid-Century Modern.[[/note]] I mean, [[http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6145/5988918561_08bef0a64f_z.jpg get]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ec/USA-Metro_Farragut_West0.jpg a load]] [[http://inphotograph.com/wp-content/uploads/DC-Metro-Train-Photos-30-2.jpg of]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/WMATA_Metro_Center_crossvault_2009.jpg all]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Washington_DC_metro_station_bethesda.jpg this!]]

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* The UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro. Rather than the usual American subways with square stations with low ceilings and tiled walls that veritably scream "1920", or the UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro model of opulent, palatial stations, the Metro goes for vast circular or elliptical stations with high ceilings in concrete with rounded-rectangle coffering, brick-red hexagonal tile floors, clean white-on-black signage (in Helvetica no less) and prolific use of rounded corners (many of which make the structures look like they could've come from [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Picard's]] ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Enterprise]]'' despite being designed at least ten years ''before'' that ever aired) and escalators. Oh, and it's remarkably efficient, the information displays--themselves simple, square, and unornamented--always tell you ''exactly'' how long you have to wait for your train, and it is seriously, seriously clean.[[note]]Seriously. At one point they arrested a twelve-year-old for eating ''one'' UsefulNotes/McDonalds french fry; this caused such an uproar--including a [[TextbookHumor dry mention]] in a [[AmericanCourts [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts Supreme Court opinion]]--they've changed the penalty, but not the rule.[[/note]] Provided that the system is operating (which, since about 2015, has been an issue due to chronic negligence with maintaining the rails), it's one of the most if not the most pleasant subway ride in the Americas.[[note]]Buenos Aires and Santiago have some nice features and cool stations, and Mexico City's logos for each station (designed because until relatively recently, a majority of Mexicans were either illiterate or only semi-literate) are pretty cool, but in pure aesthetic terms, Washington is prettier--at least, for the many lovers of Mid-Century Modern.[[/note]] I mean, [[http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6145/5988918561_08bef0a64f_z.jpg get]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ec/USA-Metro_Farragut_West0.jpg a load]] [[http://inphotograph.com/wp-content/uploads/DC-Metro-Train-Photos-30-2.jpg of]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/WMATA_Metro_Center_crossvault_2009.jpg all]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Washington_DC_metro_station_bethesda.jpg this!]]
26th Aug '17 10:23:41 PM karstovich2
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* The UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro. Rather than the usual American subways with square stations with low ceilings and tiled walls that veritably scream "1920", or the UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro model of opulent, palatial stations, the Metro goes for vast circular or elliptical stations with high ceilings in concrete with rounded-rectangle coffering, brick-red hexagonal tile floors, clean white-on-black signage (in Helvetica no less) and prolific use of rounded corners (many of which make the structures look like they could've come from [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Picard's]] ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Enterprise]]'' despite being designed at least ten years ''before'' that ever aired) and escalators. Oh, and it's remarkably efficient, the information displays--themselves simple, square, and unornamented--always tell you ''exactly'' how long you have to wait for your train, and it is seriously, seriously clean.[[note]]Seriously. At one point they arrested a twelve-year-old for eating ''one'' UsefulNotes/McDonalds french fry; this caused such an uproar--including a [[TextbookHumor dry mention]] in a [[AmericanCourts Supreme Court opinion]]--they've changed the penalty, but not the rule.[[/note]] Provided that the system is operating (which, since about 2015, has been an issue due to chronic negligence with maintaining the rails), it's one of the most if not the most pleasant subway ride in the Americas.[[note]]Buenos Aires and Santiago have some nice features and cool stations, and Mexico City's logos for each station (designed because until recently, a majority of Mexicans were either illiterate or only semi-literate) are pretty cool, but in pure aesthetic terms, Washington is prettier--at least, for the many lovers of Mid-Century Modern.[[/note]] I mean, [[http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6145/5988918561_08bef0a64f_z.jpg get]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ec/USA-Metro_Farragut_West0.jpg a load]] [[http://inphotograph.com/wp-content/uploads/DC-Metro-Train-Photos-30-2.jpg of]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/WMATA_Metro_Center_crossvault_2009.jpg all]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Washington_DC_metro_station_bethesda.jpg this!]]

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* The UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro. Rather than the usual American subways with square stations with low ceilings and tiled walls that veritably scream "1920", or the UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro model of opulent, palatial stations, the Metro goes for vast circular or elliptical stations with high ceilings in concrete with rounded-rectangle coffering, brick-red hexagonal tile floors, clean white-on-black signage (in Helvetica no less) and prolific use of rounded corners (many of which make the structures look like they could've come from [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Picard's]] ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Enterprise]]'' despite being designed at least ten years ''before'' that ever aired) and escalators. Oh, and it's remarkably efficient, the information displays--themselves simple, square, and unornamented--always tell you ''exactly'' how long you have to wait for your train, and it is seriously, seriously clean.[[note]]Seriously. At one point they arrested a twelve-year-old for eating ''one'' UsefulNotes/McDonalds french fry; this caused such an uproar--including a [[TextbookHumor dry mention]] in a [[AmericanCourts Supreme Court opinion]]--they've changed the penalty, but not the rule.[[/note]] Provided that the system is operating (which, since about 2015, has been an issue due to chronic negligence with maintaining the rails), it's one of the most if not the most pleasant subway ride in the Americas.[[note]]Buenos Aires and Santiago have some nice features and cool stations, and Mexico City's logos for each station (designed because until relatively recently, a majority of Mexicans were either illiterate or only semi-literate) are pretty cool, but in pure aesthetic terms, Washington is prettier--at least, for the many lovers of Mid-Century Modern.[[/note]] I mean, [[http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6145/5988918561_08bef0a64f_z.jpg get]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ec/USA-Metro_Farragut_West0.jpg a load]] [[http://inphotograph.com/wp-content/uploads/DC-Metro-Train-Photos-30-2.jpg of]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/WMATA_Metro_Center_crossvault_2009.jpg all]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Washington_DC_metro_station_bethesda.jpg this!]]
26th Aug '17 10:22:56 PM karstovich2
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* The UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro. Rather than the usual American subways with square stations with low ceilings and tiled walls that veritably scream "1920", or the UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro model of opulent, palatial stations, the Metro goes for vast circular or elliptical stations with high ceilings in concrete with rounded-rectangle coffering, brick-red hexagonal tile floors, clean white-on-black signage (in Helvetica no less) and prolific use of rounded corners (many of which make the structures look like they could've come from [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Picard's]] ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Enterprise]]'' despite being designed at least ten years ''before'' that ever aired) and escalators. Oh, and it's remarkably efficient, the information displays--themselves simple, square, and unornamented--always tell you ''exactly'' how long you have to wait for your train, and it is seriously, seriously clean.[[note]]Seriously. At one point they arrested a twelve-year-old for eating ''one'' UsefulNotes/McDonalds french fry; this caused such an uproar--including a [[TextbookHumor dry mention]] in a [[AmericanCourts Supreme Court opinion]]--they've changed the penalty, but not the rule.[[/note]] It's probably the most pleasant subway ride in the Americas. I mean, [[http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6145/5988918561_08bef0a64f_z.jpg get]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ec/USA-Metro_Farragut_West0.jpg a load]] [[http://inphotograph.com/wp-content/uploads/DC-Metro-Train-Photos-30-2.jpg of]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/WMATA_Metro_Center_crossvault_2009.jpg all]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Washington_DC_metro_station_bethesda.jpg this!]]

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* The UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro. Rather than the usual American subways with square stations with low ceilings and tiled walls that veritably scream "1920", or the UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro model of opulent, palatial stations, the Metro goes for vast circular or elliptical stations with high ceilings in concrete with rounded-rectangle coffering, brick-red hexagonal tile floors, clean white-on-black signage (in Helvetica no less) and prolific use of rounded corners (many of which make the structures look like they could've come from [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Picard's]] ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Enterprise]]'' despite being designed at least ten years ''before'' that ever aired) and escalators. Oh, and it's remarkably efficient, the information displays--themselves simple, square, and unornamented--always tell you ''exactly'' how long you have to wait for your train, and it is seriously, seriously clean.[[note]]Seriously. At one point they arrested a twelve-year-old for eating ''one'' UsefulNotes/McDonalds french fry; this caused such an uproar--including a [[TextbookHumor dry mention]] in a [[AmericanCourts Supreme Court opinion]]--they've changed the penalty, but not the rule.[[/note]] It's probably Provided that the system is operating (which, since about 2015, has been an issue due to chronic negligence with maintaining the rails), it's one of the most if not the most pleasant subway ride in the Americas. Americas.[[note]]Buenos Aires and Santiago have some nice features and cool stations, and Mexico City's logos for each station (designed because until recently, a majority of Mexicans were either illiterate or only semi-literate) are pretty cool, but in pure aesthetic terms, Washington is prettier--at least, for the many lovers of Mid-Century Modern.[[/note]] I mean, [[http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6145/5988918561_08bef0a64f_z.jpg get]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ec/USA-Metro_Farragut_West0.jpg a load]] [[http://inphotograph.com/wp-content/uploads/DC-Metro-Train-Photos-30-2.jpg of]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/WMATA_Metro_Center_crossvault_2009.jpg all]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Washington_DC_metro_station_bethesda.jpg this!]]
22nd Jun '17 2:25:53 PM IAmNotAFunguy
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* Most factories are designed like this in the interior, which would keep employees bored enough at the scenery to focus on the manufacturing job.
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