Posted by Richard Haut on December 25, 2002 at 13:06:47:
In Reply to: Re: World Trade Center Buildings posted by Per Corell on December 25, 2002 at 12:50:46:
if you buy a newspaper, what do you do with it tomorrow ? you throw it away. If you buy a magazine like Casabella - what do you do with it ? Keep it for a very long time, I suspect.
the idea of disposable architecture - to be knocked down within a decade - is a nonsense, a conceit. It is not planned waste; it is deliberate waste. It is like buying food in order to throw it away. It is insulting - and indicates a poverty of character in those who do it.
all architecture should be concerned with how buildings will be maintained or preserved. ("Lego" architecture is not just careless in conception, but in planning its maintenance).
interesting parallel - from what I hear the Afghanis prefer Russian weapons to American. Why ? simple - they last. they are crude and well-made. They keep working.
Now look at your shoes, socks, cars, computers, lightbulbs, buildings and think what happens if a war comes ............. when things have to be made to last or at the very least be mended. How long would most modern things survive ? Not long.
the WTC is for New Yorkers to design - their grief, their land.
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