December 1, 2015 11:16 AM   Subscribe

You got chocolate in my brutalism!
No, you got brutalism in my chocolate!
posted by Atom Eyes at 11:19 AM on December 1, 2015 [8 favorites]

I got Ginger Bauhaus' first album. Too much synth.
posted by Phreesh at 11:24 AM on December 1, 2015 [2 favorites]

Cute, but they lose something in the translation to gingerbread. Modernist architecture relies so heavily on those severe, spare, unrelentingly rectilinear lines—and the sloppiness of these cakes ruins that effect. (They're certainly neater than I would do—but not neat enough for modernism.)
posted by escape from the potato planet at 11:27 AM on December 1, 2015

Weird timing, I was actually just reading about how the 'gingerbread man' dates back to when Elizabeth I ruled.
"The first gingerbread man is credited to the court of Queen Elizabeth I, who favored important visitors...with charming gingerbread likenesses of themselves...After the Grimm Brothers' tale of Hansel and Gretel described a house "made of bread," with a roof of cake and windows of barley, German bakeries began offering elaborate gingerbread houses with icing snow on the roofs, along with edible gingerbread Christmas cards and finely detailed molded cookies. Tinsmiths fashioned cookie cutters into all imaginable forms, and every woman wanted one shape that was different from anybody else's...Most of the cookies that hung on nineteenth-century Christmas trees were at least half an inch thick and cut into animal shapes or gingerbread men ..." Source: "Gingerbread," Karen S. Edwards & Sharon Antle, Americana [magazine], December 1988 (p. 49+) via: "A History of Gingerbread Men" - Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses
posted by Fizz at 11:39 AM on December 1, 2015 [3 favorites]

AKA: The Gingerbread Projects.
posted by Nanukthedog at 11:56 AM on December 1, 2015

No Gingerbread Fallingwater? Lame.
posted by SansPoint at 12:00 PM on December 1, 2015

Oh man one year I tried to remake the little Spanish Revival house we had purchased previously that year in gingerbread. I started after Thanskgiving, and after measuring every exterior wall and door and window, and learning how to draw the whole thing in Sketchup (might as well measure and draw the interior, too, cause you never know when you need your house in Sketchup!), and then figuring out how to scale it to a bakeable size and where to cut walls into sections of gingerbread so it might all piece together and finally printing out templates... After all that it was the day before Christmas Eve and I hadn't yet practiced with the dough. I don't know what I screwed up -- the molasses, probably -- but it was a grabby, gloppy mess that stuck to everything and wouldn't settle down flat on the baking sheet. It came out of the oven lumpy and brittle, which made cutting out pieces following the template mostly approximate. Nevertheless, I pressed on.

"Oh. Is that... Bag End?"

"Yes!!! But after a middle-earthquake."

"Haha! Nice job!"

posted by notyou at 12:09 PM on December 1, 2015 [2 favorites]

That Ginger Bauhaus is just brilliant!
posted by caddis at 12:12 PM on December 1, 2015

No Gingerbread Fallingwater? Lame.

Needs more falling water. Here you go. I particularly like the Smartie limestone.
posted by zamboni at 12:24 PM on December 1, 2015 [3 favorites]

Gingerbread modernisme.
posted by aught at 12:26 PM on December 1, 2015

Whoa aught that Gingerbread modernism video rocks! Way cool!
posted by nickyskye at 12:37 PM on December 1, 2015

You ain't seen nothin' until you've seen the entries in the local big-budget hotel's "The National Gingerbread House Competition™"
posted by achrise at 1:05 PM on December 1, 2015 [1 favorite]

You bake the gingerbread. You decorate the gingerbread. You build the house. You take the house to Grandma's, where it is the center of the Christmas table. Everyone admires it. And then they eat it.

Well, no, since you mention it -- they can't eat it whole.
posted by The Bellman at 1:13 PM on December 1, 2015 [1 favorite]

I never realised how sick of Pomo gingerbread I was till I saw brutalism.
posted by Segundus at 3:11 PM on December 1, 2015

We tried a minor version of a Buckyball/geodesic gingerbread house a number of years ago, whose main feature turned out to be bizarre strength under compression (there's a single Pirouette in there for roof support).
posted by chortly at 5:23 PM on December 1, 2015 [5 favorites]

If this were hgtv, "open concept gingerbread" would be all the rage.
posted by 4ster at 6:26 PM on December 1, 2015

« Older And women reacting to sexy men producing...   |   In The News: Dino Eggs Newer »

This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments