CONTEXT AND CONSCIENCE IGNORED IN SHEFFIELD
At the AJ/Bovis Awards in 2004, Graham Morrison argued that 'a design that sets out with the conscious intention of being iconic is unworthy? and? a prerequisite of a good design is one which contributes to its context'.
So how, then, will Allies and Morrison's aluminum-clad parking structure in Sheffield (AJ 19.10.06) contribute to its context when it looks, for all the world, like glitzy panels of a high-embedded-energy metal, imported to a steel-producing city, to hide greenhouse-gas-producing automobiles?
Never mind context, where is architecture's conscience?
Alan Tate, associate professor, Department of Landscape, University of Manitoba, Canada