Design Competition for I-5 crossing... Now
Zaha Hadid's Shiekh Zayed Bridge... it is still
time to up the ante on the new I-5 Columbia River crossing
So the Oregonian has continued to report on Sam Adams and the Columbia River Crossing
much critical authority here
(because they don't have an architecture critic
and need one desperately). For example they fail to note that major
architects have built better and quite iconic bridges without tall features
like the Hadid designed one above.
proposed design is laughably bad
(I've called it a casino in the past) and
proves the design process is broken and backwards... overall requiring a fix.
Why? because the architects involved are clearly out of their league, designing
an inelegant and patronizing monstrosity that resembles
the car Homer Simpson designed (The Homer)
.... essentially decoupling aesthetic
form from function. Major architects know better, hell even minor ones do.
said this before but what is needed for the I-5 Columbia River Crossing is a
. Simply allocate a half million+ or so for a competition
of top talents rather than continuing to waste millions on pathetic attempts
that Portland won't get behind, ever. Architects like Zaha
, Santiago Calatrava
, and UN
would all be great at finding innovative new solutions that would
improve the bridge in profound ways aesthetically as well as functionally (the
two are intimately related in good designs). The CRC is too complicated a project
to trust to anyone but the brightest architectural minds available and we continue
to encourage Adams to advocate for a better bridge with the somewhat obvious
suggestion of getting better brains involved. Frankly, both the Mayor of Portland
and Mayor of Vancouver should welcome a serious architect so that they
not the politicians are in a position to sell the design to the public.
Here's Sam Adam's letter
the fundamental problem here is the utter lack of architectural talent. Oh and the Oregonian is finally catching up to PORT after nearly a year
, better late than never... honestly it's the result that matters. Design competition NOW.
Here's my entry:
I say retro-fit what's there. Why make it easier on cars? They've done enough damage.
Your are not kidding when you say that is "laughably bad."
I wasn't aware anyone could propose a plan so cliche, unexciting, and just flat out cheesy.
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