OUR READER BAMBALL COMMENTS ON WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE UTOPIAN TRANSPARENCY OF NORMAN FOSTER’S ARCHITECTURE STARTS SHOWING ITS CRACKS:
‘Norman Foster’s work exudes an utopian optimism at a large corporate scale. If you were looking to hire an architect to create an small scale utopian urban intervention, in say, the favelas of Rio or the slums of Asia-something at a grassroots people-first scale, you wouldn’t hire Foster’s firm. So it’s a Utopia for the one percenters.
Terry Gilliam’s Brazil is one of the finest films that show what happens when the formal optimism embodied in the theory of bureaucracy efficiency begins to wear thin, to be replaced with pessimistic cynicism. It shows the dark alley service employee entrance side doors to Foster’s corporate Utopia, twenty years later, when in Soviet-like decline.’
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