Saturday, March 21, 2009

UTC needs to be saved from developers, NIMBYs, & architects; London, UK; 3/20/09

The great chainsaw massacre Architects' Journal - London,UK
And what is all this to architects? The answer is everything. Tree husbandry is a skill we still need to learn. And who better to teach us than Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn, whose death we lamented last month (AJ 26.02.09) and who, over 40 years ago, built his simple, but breathtakingly subtle Nordic Pavilion in the Venice Biennale gardens. He incorporated three existing, growing trees into the pavilion, which have flourished ever since. A lesser architect might have cut them down. As William Blake once said, ‘a fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees’.

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