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Shipping Today and Yesterday, despite the literally taken misleading name covers much further back than yesterday, including some wonderful examples of ships from the first half of the 20th century. They were designed to do the same jobs as those modern ones, but look many times as elegant and stylish as their modern counterparts. This could in part be due to the black and white photography not showing off the rust and wear, but there is no arguing with the style of the lines of these ships. This got us thinking – are we in the ship building equivalent if the 60s and 70s in architecture?
This comparison makes more sense than you might think – back then office blocks and flats were built large, grey and square, aimed at being as efficient as possible with little concern for style. There were of course some exceptions to this, but the majority of designs lacked imagination. Nowadays architecture is in a wonderful place, being full of talent and fresh ideas. Ship building seems to mostly be aimed with efficiency in mind, with little concern given currently to the style of the thing. There are some wonderfully good-looking examples of what it might be like in the future beginning to emerge, but for now the majority are slightly lacking. This is all subjective, of course, so feel free to disagree, but as long as you’ve had a bit of a think about design then this little ramble has achieved something. NB