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Posted by  Manuel Oliveros on December 17, 2002 at 09:38:16:

In Reply to:  Re: BIRMINGHAM! THE NEW "LIBRARY OF BIRMINGHAM" (BY R.R.P.) posted by Richard Haut on December 16, 2002 at 15:07:20:

Architects are being quite misused, lately at least (and may be of ever). They are left to be a slave hand to help to pump money and take the responsability. Doing the thing well is not at all the main issue, ensuring money goes by the prescribed paths in the wanted amounts is. Of course people interest is also of scarce concern, they are just the excuse for the business.

I think I have told in this forum already the case in which an architect of here was asked to double the cost of a square he had designed. The same mood looks still prevalent: the center of Zaragoza (Paseo de la Independencia) is being remodeled without any concern about the surrounding buildings. The design uses amazing amounts of thick granite pavement (nothing to do with usual materials of here) and the mostly nimble façades are offended by hiper-patibulary street lamps. Other hanging ones disrupt the selfbeing of arches by being placed in the plane itself of the arch, and at its center.

Surface, huge amounts of surface is what is about. Elsewhere in town a huge hub (a 180 million euros ticket) for the high velocity train and buses is being built: one of the first buildings in which the floor climbs by the walls.

Surface to easily build, estimate and pay bills.

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