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Regarding buildings as events in time can avoid unnecessary wrecks


I totally agree. One of my main concerns with the Garden Bridge, for instance, was how it was designed as a stage piece with a few locations of viewing in mind but not for the walker, flaneur or citizen passing through their city. So the (arguable fraudulant) views offered up for planning by Heatherwick & Arup provided these fixed-position photo-opp vantages clearly designed for the static tourist and selfie-stick wielding visitor. St. Pauls nestled between two bosoms of "floating" greenery was the image mediated to sell the sham, but for the regular London crossing Waterloo Bridge in leisure or work the incredible views would be totally compromised except for, momentarily, those few metres they passed by the photo-op location sold in the planning images. The other bizarre view they offered repeatedly was as if taken from a drone and seemed to position their lumpen greenwash turd in some dreamlike hacienda entirely unrooted from normal London experience. Whereas, as we opponents of the project flagged up, the view of inflated underbelly of the bloated thing which South Bank pedestrians would have experiences was entirely unwelcome and barely advertised. Thankfully, most people in the architectural community saw through this for the very reasons you suggest here, Paul. They couldn't trick us all as easily as they hoped! The use of images and photo-real renders in promotion of such aggressive developments is fascinating and worthy of real research and investigation because in an increasingly visually literate, networked culture these images can have more sway than the text or data within planning applications and yet are not beholden to the same level of factual responsibility. Will Jennings

Posted date

21 September, 2017

Posted time

2:51 pm


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