– Mark E. Smith

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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