Saturday, 16 June 2012

The Shard Is Car-Lite

Interesting comment from Renzo Piano, designer of London’s soon-to-open Shard which, despite being the tallest building in the EU has just 48 parking spaces. The Shard sits next to London Bridge station, a major transport hub (so why does it even need spaces for 48 cars?). According to Piano, "It's another big shift – to tell people, 'Look, stop going around in cars.' In this city, it's less terrible, but try to do this in Milan. Try to do this in Paris, Los Angeles. Would you expect hostility? Of course. You have to accept as an architect to be exposed to criticism. Architecture should not rely on full harmony. If everyone is agreeing, then you make a big mistake." 

Plus a great time-lapse video of The Shard in this article in the Guardian.

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