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Probably the best response I have to that is (and possibly the rational for the offer), it doesn't matter of "The Facebook" fails if Facebook the company owns the alternative that people start using.
I feel really conflicted about the whole thing. On one hand he exploited the system and made a bunch of money on the backs of the Russian people. But on the other hand it's very obvious that he was a better businessman than the other oligarchs who did very little to improve their assets. If not Kodorkovsky, someone else would have bought Yukos and just sat on it, and I wonder if that would be any better.
1. living or occurring at the same time.
2. belonging to or occurring in the present.
How the hell did you come to the conclusion that contemporary is a buzzword? If anything its the proper name for current architecture. Every architectural movement you named is historical, thus the name. Can't have a name that sums up the movement if it hasn't run its course yet can you?
All the designs were done probably done for free, like every other architectural competition, so I agree that they are shit, but your complete ignorance of the realities of the projects just to put down the post doesn't help anybody.
While money is obviously an issue (most architects really don't make that much money) its interesting that none of these architects actually bought their own dream home (and very few architects live in houses they designed)
I wouldn't exactly call that a list of important thinkers, its more like a list of the years important or pivotal people. Edward Snowden and John Kerry may have made important statements this year, but neither of them have revolutionary world views that could change the way people see the world.
That is to say, Snowden doesn't say anything new about libertarian-socialism or state surveillance, he was just a pivotal figure in publicizing the US domestic spying program.
But at the same time I wouldn't go change my whole lifestyle over an blog post that only lists secondary and even tertiary sources.
At most I see this happening to the USPS within the decade, or sooner if it becomes politically advantageous to do so.