April 12th, 2011

Architecture can't save the world, but...

Architecture can't save the world. But it can make a world that's worth the effort of saving. Honestly, would you bother saving a world with structures that looked like that, that, thing, one on the left? Me, I'd rather compost and buy carbon offsets if it meant saving a planet with elegant structures like the one on the right.

From what I can ascertain, the scheme on the left was produced by one Milnor H. Senior III, lawyer, dilettante, all round smart guy, oh and quick as a rat to protect the name TransGlide 2000™. But it's okay Milnor, because the name TransGlide 2000™ only conjures visions of life on the farm. With those connotations, the name TransGlide 2000™ is probably worthless.

Meanwhile, the name Velo-City takes ones mind to London, and Norman Foster's Saint Mary's Axe, the building that introduced the word exoskeleton into the architectural lexicon. Milnor H. Senior III, it is such a shame you didn't get together with the Toronto based architect Chris Hardwicke, the guy behind Velo-City, before you went public. You both have the same idea—twin tubes sheltering cyclists who create a big draft—only Chris's looks cool, and yours looks like something that disinfects sheep. Being a wordsmith these days, my graphic skills somewhat rusty, believe me, I feel your pain there Milnor H. Senior III. It has been said of the cover of my own online book, Get The Look, that it has about as much style as TransGlide 2000™. Though of course, I would refute that.