Thursday, July 22, 2010

Visions Past, Present, and Future

Three architecture firms walked into a bar...and were asked to envision the future of LA. These are always fun. If you are into the S&M sort of thing.

The rest of the renderings were pretty typical architect fantasy land stuff, completely ignorant of what the users might actually think or feel in such spaces outside of what might land them in architecture record and have other architects thinking, "gee, that's a pretty killer graphic, bro."

I kid you not this is one of the suggestions. That it was designed by the architecture firm without irony as some natural progression of "experience" peddling as little more than economic modeling by logical extension of trend to perpetuity and covered similarly so by inhabitat also without irony is truly mindblowing. Neither is apparently in on the joke that is all futuristic architecture competitions.

This exists only in a fantasy world where we DON'T get fed up with a world where going to Target is the highlight of our day.

On the other hand, I was tooling around on Google Earth in Taranto, Italy last night. I found this image:

One has meaning and is lovable. The other is a circus for imbeciles while Rome burns, an elaborate torture device designed to hypnotize the mindless with spirals and doodads while their increasingly empty wallets are helped on their way to being fully empty.

By the way, check out how much of a difference the use of pots changes the entire feel (and function - in terms of how fast drivers feel comfortable moving through the space) of the place without reengineering the entire street. Furthermore, the street trees are all small, in pots themselves. An accent piece rather than necessity. You wouldn't want to hide the beautiful detailing of the buildings (or the storefront merchandise) with big trees. Big trees are only necessary to hide ugly buildings or create form (outdoor rooms) when buildings fail to handle that part of their task either.

Guerrilla urbanism without the guerrilla part. Just good bang for your buck urbanism.