...The One-Minute Pundit
Sunday, August 21, 2011
ARCHDaily or AHTSJournal?
When Beijing hosted the Olympic Games three years ago, the biggest star was arguably not swimmer Michael Phelps or sprinter Usain Bolt, but the National Stadium built for the games: more commonly known as the Bird's Nest. The stadium became an instant international icon, and one that has yet to be surpassed or even neared in terms of compelling, unique architecture.
Last week on the ESPN-affiliated website Grantland, writer Peter Richmond viewed stadiums like the Bird's Nest in comparison to the recent stadiums built in New York and elsewehere in the United States, all of which engender a giant yawn. The billion-dollar replacement for legendary Yankee Stadium? A boring clone. The new Citi Field, home to the Mets? It's stuck in even more of a historicist time-warp, meant to evoke Brooklyn's old Ebbetts [SIC!] Field practically brick for brick.
Why is there no Bird's Nest in the United States, and why hasn't there been a great stadium or arena built here in seemingly decades?
Well maybe because we don't have half our national budget to waste on the GAMES, hmmmm?
And how many huge events have played the Nest lately, hmmmm?
It's a toss up, but this was linked in AHTSJournal.