I'm deeply shamed that Matt beat me to it, seeing as that Calvino quote adorns the front of the building I work in. Broadcasting House is being pulled apart around me for the foreseeable future, until a gleaming new building - the world's largest live broadcast centre no less (what about non-broadcast media? ahem ...) - arises from the rubble a few years hence. And as my colleagues spotted before I did, some genius contractor has ensured that this quote from Invisible Cities is holding fort out front:
"Work stops at sunset.
Darkness falls over the building site.
The sky is filled with stars.
'There is the blueprint' they say."
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
I'd intended to write something a couple of months ago, when the work first started on the front of BH, and the main entrance was blocked off. It made such a difference to my working day, to walk through the 1920s deco splendour of that front reception, under sculptures by Eric Gill and latin inscriptions about 'nation talking unto nation' etc. etc. One could stride through the entrance (blithely ignoring the way the rest of the building has been mistreated over the years) chest proudly thrust forward, ready to thread connections between the stars ...
Now I have to skulk in a side-entrance and scurry upstairs, shoulders hunched, brow pre-furrowed - no Gill, no latin. Thanks to the person who saw that Calvino was an adequate substitute.
ps. Found a good history of BH ...