If this could be done on the busiest intersection in one of the most populated cities in the world, then what excuse does the Municipality of Beirut have? The fact is that the people administering the affairs of our capital are visionless!
Snøhetta Rethinks the Future of Times Square
The Norwegian architects on how they’re transforming public spaces into “platforms for living”
Designing public space is a tricky thing. It is often a contradiction in terms, since the best ones tend to feel organic and, in some mysterious way, undesigned, even inevitable. When public space is reimagined, the danger is often the overweening tendency of architects and planners to want to control it—to create Master Plans rather than Passion Plans. But as we like to say at Snøhetta: The best-made plans never get laid. People will appropriate space in unforeseen and wholly unpredictable ways. We shouldn’t fight this human tendency; we should embrace it. Read more…