links for 2011-09-17

  • Community led development trumps iconic architecture. Beware "starchitects". "Take Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which succeeds spectacularly as an iconic structure but fails miserably as a public space. Contrast that to Balboa Park in San Diego, which gets 10 million visitors per year without any trendy buildings or fancy design gimmicks. It's just a great park that offers people the activities and amenities they actually want." via Andrew Sullivan's blog

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