image: Crown Fountain, Millennium Park, Chicago.
Architects love to create head turning, commission leading buildings and other such things. OK the above is pretty cool; a huge fountain that shoots water out of the mouths of one of a 1000 local people, their image projected onto the tiled wall in turn.
Is it useful? No.
Does it contribute to the greater good of human kind? No.
Does it improve on our impact with the environment? No.
What happened to the architects sense of mission? The sense of the greater good?
Maybe they’re just a bunch of middle class playboys looking for a prize and a little cuddle from their peers.
image: By H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY
The above shows that there are serious efforts out there to bring smart eco-architecture to the masses. Twenty solar-powered houses built by university students and associates from around the world will open to the public Friday on the National Mall. More here.
Maybe it’s the bankers and the builders that need a shot of adrenaline.