Bilder från RoBurkys flickr-set
Bilder från RoBurkys flickr-set
Vidare till ett annat Zaha Hadidbygge, Glasgow Museum of Transport, vid River Clyde i Glasgow med en budget på omkring 70 miljoner pund. Museet är en del av den ombrandningsplan som skall skjuta Glasgow in i den postindustriella tidsåldern. I varje sådan plan med självaktning ingår ett spejsat hus för diffus kulturutövning ritat av en jättekänd arkitekt. Inget undantag här. 2004 vann Zaha Hadids kontor uppdraget med vad som tycks vara ett rätt slappt försök att översätta ett av sina mer generiskt producerade flödesscheman på duk till en byggnad vars främsta formgrepp endast kan ses från luften. Det hela manglas genom en välskriven kritik här. Ett längre citat:
"Recently there was an article in BD about the building, whose folded roof structure was recently completed. The article is mainly about the roof, but it speaks volumes about the relationship between contemporary architects, especially icon-stylists, and the engineers who make it happen. The key quote from the article is the following:Läs hela hos entschwindet und vergeht
"He says the competition-winning concept they had to work with was a system of ridges and valleys, which had to be translated into a structure."
Read that again.
So this is what has happened to the Modernists’ quest for a synthesis of the Engineer and the Architect in the last 80 years. Absolute disassociation. The architect wins the competition with a shape, which the brains then have to spend time figuring out how to solve. This isn’t exactly a full circle (the negation of the negation blah blah), but this is a very strange cultural position to be in, a truly postmodernist one. [...]
But there’s something else here as well. The BD article talks about the ‘vast internal space’ of the building, and everyone seems bloody pleased that they’ve managed to create a column free space for the inside. But how big is that space? In the spiel on Zaha’s website they say that it ranges from 30m to 50m wide, and is 200m long. So how proud should an architect and engineer be of a 50m wide, 200m long column free space? I suppose it depends on the time you’re designing it, really. For example, if I had designed a space, sometime around 1867 that had a column free span of 73m and a length of 210m, I’d be pretty proud of myself, and I’m sure that Willian Henry Barlow and Rowland Mason Ordish were pretty proud of their work at St. Pancras. But to do that now is nothing at all special, and those involved seem to be much more pleased that they’ve managed to fix all the problems that they made for themselves, than at the actual impressiveness of the spanning-feat."
The Lighthouse i Dubai. "Low Carbon commercial tower". Skyskrapa med mindre ekologiskt fotavtryck, Atkins som gör Dubaiskrapor på löpande band, har tagit fram en konceptdesign:
"In setting a new benchmark for Dubai, the 400-metre luxury office tower aspires to be a low carbon commercial building which aims to reduce its total energy consumption by up to 65% and water consumption by up to 40%. This will be achieved through the use of passive solar architecture, many low energy, low water engineering solutions, recovery strategies for both energy and water and building integrated renewables – including large scale wind turbines and photovoltaics.Mycket holabalo om ekologiskt hållbara skyskrapor nu. Ofta består det ekologiska just i några vindturbiner på toppen och solceller, medan tornet som helhet fortfarande har ett omfattande ekologiskt fotavtryck. Som BLDGBLOG invänder:
During the development of the design Atkins will map and manage the embodied energy content of the building and select materials from sustainable sources, so that impact on global resources is controlled. Already this is leading designers to consider a steel frame solution for this structure.
Additionally, features such as floorplates interconnected by micro-atria and the inclusion of inter connecting vertical gardens are being actively considered to enhance the social aspects of this building."
"A high-rise that off-sets some of its power use through the installation of rooftop wind turbines is great: it looks cool, magazine readers go crazy for it, and the building's future tenants save loads of money on electricity bills. But once you factor in these savings, something like the new Castle House eco-skyscraper still ends up being a net drain on the system.[Via Treehugger]
It's not good for the environment; it's just not as bad as it could have been. [...]
I remain radically unconvinced that a "green" skyscraper is better than no skyscraper at all – and yet green skyscraper enthusiasts are out high-fiving each other as if their own positive energy is enough to counteract carbon emissions from the global steel industry."
Manifest by Zaha Hadid
"The Eurasian giants, India and China, wait benevolently until we are ready to start the post-Atlantic era together. Then the distribution of oil can be arranged between the ones who are benefiting directly from it. The desert will no longer need to be pumped out for American SUVs."Peter Eisenman (hem):
"In staging the appearance of reality as spectacle, media induces passivity. The more passive the audience, the more necessary spectacular imagery becomes. It is a vicious cycle in which architecture today is more than ever implicated. In such a context, today’s subject, now rendered passive, is truly in danger of losing the capacity for close reading."Peter Saville (hem):
"Creativity has become part of the business of social manipulation. The cultural adventure has been consumed by business. Making things better is a moral issue, but morality and business don’t go together – business is, if not immoral, then amoral"Jasper Morrison (hem):
"Design, which used to be almost unknown as a profession, has become a major source of pollution."
"At the beginning of the 21st century, architecture can be the most effective instrument for reconstructing the relations between our species and the earth."
"The suburbs are architecture; bonded warehouses are architecture; slums are architecture; NASA's lunar base plans are architecture - as are the space stations in orbit about us. Stop limiting the conversation."Med flera.
Villa K i Stocksund - Djursholm, Tham & Videgard Hansson.