I HAVE BEEN TOLD I DESERVE
“A FULL LIFE THAT ISN’T JUST ABOUT FIGHTING FOR THINGS”

Not the way Harbourfront is doing, apparently.

It’s designers and contractors who typically move walls around. Dubbeldam’s response is interesting: “We have controlled every single response – or 90% of them, anyway,” she says…. In other words, as I swung those walls and made skyscrapers out of foam blocks, I was playing their game. […]

Those two struggle with the basic problem of how to show architecture. The… most common route has to display records of a project – photographs, plans and section drawings. But such displays don’t always communicate ideas well, and they can’t communicate the experience of being in a place. […]

Here, the grand idea of that project – to create a vessel of transcendent beauty that can encourage all genres of prayer – gets reduced into soundbites. There’s a slideshow of happy users of the space, audio recordings of their words about it, which are interesting but say nothing meaningful about the design. A panel of lovely onyx stone sits in the corner, looking bored.

Oh, yes, and you get to the slideshow by walking down a path of fine gravel and around a rank of leafy plants. Which means… what, exactly?

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