Sunday, December 3, 2006

Visit Saint Petersburg - before RMJM builds Gazprom City

It survived Stalin, Hitler, and the Cold War, but will it survive Gazprom and RMJM?

British architecture firm RMJM has been selected to design a godawful tower complex called Gazprom City that will gut the horizontal skyline of Saint Petersburg. In contrast to the Brits, Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa proved himself to be a man of integrity:
The Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, who was invited to serve as a member of the jury, read a two-page statement on Friday describing his vision for St. Petersburg, which would preserve its cityscape on a lower scale, and opposing any of the projects under consideration. He then resigned from the jury and left. In a telephone interview later, he said the city’s current limit on building heights was “the most sensitive issue to keeping the existing cultural value of the old city center.”
The above quote is from this NY Times article.

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