Poland

How Embarrassing by Michelle Linden

So, the World Expo 2010 is taking place in Shanghai, and many of the world's best architects have contributed designs. Many countries have hired the best architects found in their own country, while others have ventured out beyond their borders... but most designs have something in common... trying to articulate the priorities and passions of their home country, exuding confidence and creativity. Of course, I say most because the US is one glaring exception. What does our pavilion say about us? We could be locate along any highway in any suburb. We value conformity and corporate culture (which we can directly link to many of the problems plaguing our nation). We don't really have any place for innovation or creativity and we certainly don't value our architects, which is why we hired a Canadian to design a metal panelled representation of an eagle (there is that lack of creativity and ingenuity again).
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Very Frustrating. An expo is not an office park.

US
UK
Spain
South Korea
Portugal
Denmark
Switzerland
Russia
Japan
Poland
Finland
Canada





Restrictive? by Michelle Linden



According to Design Crave, the architects (Tamizo Architects) for this project in Poland were restricted by local zoning laws that insisted only 3 outdoor materials were to be allowed... The result is lovely, although I only see 2 materials, unless they count glass as one. But, I don't think the rule of 3 is all that prohibitive... any more than that and projects can often appear overly decorated.
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Seriously, Enough is Enough by Michelle Linden

Polish Pavilion for the Shanghai Expo 2010 by Wojciech Kakowski, Natalia Paszkowska, Marcin Mostafa
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Pavillion in Orchard Road by U:phoria Architects

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As I mentioned before, I getting a bit sick of these lacy facades. It seems like there are a lot of architects just phoning it in... using a simple folded mass concept draped in a perforated lace skin. Hardly any of these projects have even been built yet, but I'm already sick of this concept. Its sad to see so many architects creating so many similar (and no longer creative or innovative) projects.
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Both via Dezeen
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Any thoughts?
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