Learning From Salford

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Posted by  Paul Malo on March 13, 2002 at 06:16:43:

In Reply to:  Salford Precinct posted by Verve on March 13, 2002 at 03:56:44:

What went wrong? Students frequently are looking for thesis topics. A case study analysis of a development such as this might be rewarding. Perhaps the parameters are beyond familiarity of many students, since real-world issues such as finance and politics probably have more to do with the form than aesthetic intentions. Neverthess, if merely as a design exercise, the analysis could be a learning experience.

I've mentioned to Fábio (and probably on other occasions) my conviction that most architectural education is self-taught, not merely by looking at buildings and publications about architecture, but more particularly from analysing WHY we respond favorably to some work, whereas other works (like this image) leave us unmoved or even contemptuous. Just as it's beneficial to ask why one likes someting, its equally so to analyze why something doesn't work.

Probably this Salford development was well intended. I imagaine the architects doing the several projects (clearly by different hands) felt confident that they were doing the right thing.
How did it go wrong?

I suspect the answer, but will leave you to ponder the question.

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