October 2012 posts

26/10/12

BD: ‘Why is Sustainability boring?’

The Las Palmas Water Theatre by Grimshaw – a beautiful but functional water desalination system.

The Las Palmas Water Theatre by Grimshaw – a beautiful but functional water desalination system.

Recently I was talking to a (non-architectural) friend about the state of architecture and he said, ‘surely things will get better for architects now that sustainability is coming back into fashion?’ Whilst I nodded this off sagely at the time, the comment did take me by surprise. All practising architects are so aware of the issues associated with sustainability that we often assume the rest of the world is on the same page as us, when in fact much of the world may believe it has other more pressing concerns right now.

01/10/12

Wonders and Blunders

Lingotto_spiral_ramp

Wonder:
Lingotto Building, Turin, Italy. First designed by Matte Trucco in 1916–1923, refurbishment by Renzo Piano 1983–2002.

Blunder:
Aime 2000, La Plagne, Savoie, France. Design by Michel Bezancon 1968–1969.


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