Author Topic: Preservation In Jax versus Liverpool  (Read 210 times)


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Preservation In Jax versus Liverpool
« on: July 23, 2021, 12:03:32 PM »

Just some food for thought.  Feels like it matters a bit in light of what's gone on - or failed to happen - in Jacksonville.

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   At the heart of that idea are the Three Graces: the Royal Liver, the Cunard and the Post of Liverpool Buildings, soaring, powerful structures which are part imperial classical and part mini-Manhattan. It also includes the Albert Dock, preserved and adapted as Tate Liverpool by one of Britain’s greatest architects, Sir James Stirling, who grew up in the city.

The problem is that subsequent big developments have not been designed by great architects. The three new black towers on the waterfront (once dubbed “The Three Disgraces”) are the kind of pointlessly angular things cities did post-Bilbao to suggest they were dynamic and open. The Pier Head Ferry Terminal, with its shonky windows, is design value-engineered to death.

But it was the £5bn Liverpool Waters proposal that finally tipped Unesco over the edge. Stretching over 2km of waterfront, the development by the Peel Group looks like a soulless, speculative plan designed for global investors. It is utterly placeless. Everton football club’s new stadium, Bramley-Moore Dock, was also slammed for filling in a historic dock and changing the nature of the historic waterfront, though it will reopen a huge tract of currently derelict and inaccessible land.

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Re: Preservation In Jax versus Liverpool
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2021, 12:08:51 PM »
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