Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Baroness Margaret Ford: "SIZE MATTERS!"

The plans for the 2012 Olympic Stadium in London keeps changing. Seemingly progressive and original plan of resizable stadium might be a victim to conservative and corporate mind of Margaret Ford, a Baroness who is now in charge of the Olympic Legacy Team, an organization responsible for figuring out post Olympic use of the venue.
One of her main goal is to make stadium's size of 80,000 spectators permanent.
The Olympic Stadium was designed around the idea that it can be retracted to size of 25,000 spectators after the Olympics, reducing the impact on the environment by that much and still remain as an intimate but large enough sports venue, also making a statement on the Olympic extravaganza we are accustomed to expect in recent decades and in the face of increasing poverty rates around the Globe.

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This page is reserved for polemics, debates and interviews. This first issue presents a virtual debate with statements by influential architects and intellectuals on the issue of classicism. Based on real and virtual quotes, the debate is fictitiously edited by KATARXIS

Peter Eisenmann: " There are only perfect ideas in the classical ideology. However today, where the elements of cosmology are no longer the same, we cannot return to a classical system. "

Leon Krier: " Our goal as artists and architects consists in understanding that universal system and that universal order which allow us to produce artistical artefacts, in the same way in which nature is creating individual beings. This is what makes classicism: It represents the fundamental system which allows us to create objects of timeless beauty. "

Peter Eisenman: " Classicism encompasses the idea of perfection as it can be encountered in Nature. As I said already, it is not possible anymore today to represent this classical concept of perfection -of harmony between Man and Nature, because this ideal state has been destroyed by forces generated by mankind. One cannot continue to use classical means of representation, because, what they represent, does not exist anymore.

Leon Krier: " It is absurd to prohibit good architecture because we live in terrible times. "

Peter Eisenmann: " Leon, come on, you cannot build this way anymore today! "

Leon Krier: " You can't, but I can! "