~e; fuel cells instead of terrorist cells

From bc <human@electronetwork.org>
Date Mon, 4 Mar 2002 14:58:56 -0600

  [oddly enough, currently writing a review that covered a similar subject,
  not in the same depths at the same places, but similar themes all around.]

4 March 2002 // published at http://www.cartome.org
Source: Thanks to Jean Gardner.

Fuel Cells Instead of Terrorists Cells

What the World Trade Center Bombing Indicates about

The Role of Architecture and Urban Design in Globalization

by Jean Gardner©February 2002
Senior Faculty, Dept. of Architecture,
Parsons School of Design, The New School University

The skyjacked airplanes that flew into the World Trade Center Towers
on the morning of September 11th murdered thousands of people,
destroyed buildings, collapsed subways, crushed vehicles, disrupted
utilities, and shut down businesses in the heart of the world's
financial center. The attack planes also unleashed fear and
aggression on a worldwide scale.

As architectural educators and practitioners absorb the shock of the
al-Qaeda 'raid', we are realizing that the destruction raises
troubling questions for the profession.1 The bombing is in part an
assault on the role of architecture and urban design in
globalization, particularly in cities. Specifically, it raises three
critical challenges to the sustainability of modern building
practices.  1) The attack challenges modern architecture's disrespect
for established local patterns of building and their importance to
traditional cultures. 2) It spotlights the physical hazards of recent
building practices in skyscrapers.  3) And it casts doubt on the
ability of modern architecture to control the forces of nature.
These challenges to the sustainability of modern architecture result
from the differing and often conflicting cultural perceptions of
nature currently operative throughout the diverse regions of the

for full article goto: http://www.cartome.org/gardner.htm

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