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Hi!!! First of all, the title is a clear reference to the amazing 2003 namesake song by The Postal Service.
I chose the title because my birthday is coming up - November 23rd, in case anyone is interested, it's the same day Miley Cyrus was born, except she's a couple years older - and that obviously makes me reflect on my life. The older I get, the more I feel like my life has already reached its zenith at some point in the past and I'm not making progress anymore. Did you also use to be the wonder child everyone believed in? I feel like my skills culminated in grade 3 and it's only been getting gradually worse since.
Progress on railway line 020
Speaking of apexes, the railway I've been mapping since September has recently peaked in terms of elevation, at 176 m above sea level in Mínov, Drabantian Egailia. The station Mínov also happens to mark the 100th kilometer of the railway. The tracks currently reach the town of Hojtín, km 117, but there's yet a lot of work to be done around that area, so I'll save it for another entry.
And as you can see on the left, in my spare time I got absolutely wild and also made a timetable for passenger trains on the line. I'm a fun person.
Destroying the architectural heritage of the 20th century, building by building
And now for the segment "what has my shit Central Eastern European home country been up to??"
Deciding in the favor of private companies and developers in terms of architecture preservation.
Due to the lack of interest both from the public and the government, in 2017 we lost Vila Petřiny, a 1939 villa in the style of functionalism; Transgas, the brutalist gem from the 1980s; the Břevnov Medical Center and the interiors of Hotel Thermal and others. They're being replaced or reconstructed.
This makes actually makes me very sad, because I am a huge fan of the 20th century architecture, especially between 1948 and 1989. I know a significant part of the public associates the buildings and artwork with the communist era, but destroying them is a great cultural loss I think. I hold some hopes for the future though, because there are some petitions and protest events being organized; and I for sure know I'm going to recreate some of the demolished buildings in OGF.
All railway stations in Czechia, photographed
To end this on a lighter note, I recently came across this internet page, which contains all of the 2832 train stations and stops in the Czech republic on photos. If you're looking for a way to kill your time while pleasing your train enthusiast self, this is probably it. I'm enjoying myself.
So, what's there left to say? I'm going to draw more of railway line 020, 🎶and I'll tell you all about it when I see you again.🎶
Comments are v welcome
everything looks perfect from far away
Yeah, it's a shame that old buildings get demolished. An example from Silesia - the main railway station of Katowice. What they should have done is: take down all the ads, preserve the building, restore it or rebuild in a similar shape, repair the bridge and make it accessible for disabled and clean everything up. What they've actually done is: they took "inspiration" (really it's just 2 pillars in the style of the old building), replaced the huge and very practical bus station with some underground... thing? I cannot call it a station, more like an oversized stop. The main hall of the depot is now tiny, and majority of the area is taken by... a shopping center, of course (it's not ugly, but there should be a bigger bus and train station)! Szewczyka Sq (where the old station was and the new station is located) is now more like a pedestrian-only street. On the plus side, there are rumours that a new skyscraper will be built next to the station, so I'm waiting. And just as a fun fact: the entrance to the bus station is apparently the only street in Poland with left side traffic. --Trabantemnaksiezyc (talk) 19:36, 20 November 2017 (CET)
- I also never fully understood this obsession with turning train stations and airports into malls. I get that sometimes you just need a snack, to buy groceries on the way home or stock up on some essentials when traveling, but who goes to the railway station to shop for lingerie or sporting goods? --Eklas (talk) 16:05, 21 November 2017 (CET)
What do you model your work after? I find looking for a similar place in the real world and then basically mimicking the style very helpful. Can you cite some regions or specific areas? --mfnowacki (talk) 21:14, 20 November 2017 (CET)
- Honestly I usually have the vision of the landscape before I start looking for real world equivalents. Sometimes I don't look at the map at all and just draw whatever feels right. In general my inspiration is obviously the Czech republic as it's familiar and native to me. --Eklas (talk) 16:05, 21 November 2017 (CET)
It's always sad to see architectural heritage lost without preservation or at least a legitimate attempt to create something that respects it to replace it. It's often disappointing what gets "preserved" and what gets destroyed in the name of progress. In America it often feels backward, with amazing heritage lost while random crappy buildings with little to no heritage get saved. Oh well. On a note to your stuff though, the timetable is awesome! That's the level of detail I hope to eventually get to. I started a few years ago trying to do that for flights... but countries change so much that didn't quite work out. I'd like to do that for at least my subways at some point though, I'd do it nationwide but I haven't really planned out all of the smaller towns yet. --Ernestpcosby (talk) 07:31, 21 November 2017 (CET)
- Yeah, the frustrating thing is that the buildings are going to be replaced by yet more uninteresting, tasteless neomodern boxes with no architectural value... Also, thanks! I haven't really gotten around to do anything airplane-related yet, but the train timetable is actually pretty easy to do, I think it adds a new level of believability to my country and it isn't even that time consuming to make. --Eklas (talk) 16:05, 21 November 2017 (CET)