Message - Re: Architects needed for design of new city on The islands of Parador

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Posted by  JWmHarmon on February 23, 2004 at 10:47:49:

In Reply to:  Re: Architects needed for design of new city on The islands of Parador posted by Pe Hadzi on February 22, 2004 at 15:20:37:

Perhaps a more appropriate reference would be Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Since this is an archipelago, why not revisit Buckminster Fuller's ideas of the floating city and move it from island to island at regular intervals. I saw a TV documentary that said that a group of investors were planning to do something similar in Japan, but have not been able to find out more about it.

This proposed project is the "theme city" approach much like the "theme park" approach, but on a larger scale. It's the Columbian Exhibition of 1890's Chicago all over again on a larger scale.

The larger discussion would be to question the wisdom of building in dated styles instead of 21st century designs. But when we look at "Classical" or similar styles, we note that styles and the derivitives of those styles were practiced for decades, even centuries. Why is it not appropriate to continue to explore the many variations of the themes of any one or several historical styles.

If everyone built a variation of the "Glass Cube" then people would seek to build something else. If everyone built a Calatrava style building then we would again seek to build something else. If everyone were to build a Gehry style building, then we would have to build something else.

Thomas Jefferson built Monticello and the University of Virginia Rotunda in the "Classical Style." Both are recognized as significant architectural buildings. Christopher Wren built in the "Classical Style" Both architects' works were derivitive from the Greek orders. If someone in 2004 designs something derived from the Parthenon or the Pantheon, is it any less noteworthy architecture than Monticello, or the local "Classical Style" post office built down the street from where you live?

Should all new architecture be completely original or is it inevitable that architects should imitate, modify, or expand on themes of others who have gone before?

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