6 Days: Looking Like a Cultural Capital?
It used to be that a “world-class city” (or the now popular forward-leaning term “next-great city”) had an architectural style all its own. And then this style would inspire copies among the also rans.
That design idea is so old millenium.
When it comes to looking like a cultural destination, what does the new millennium have to offer?
We couldn’t help but notice how the proposed addition to the Free Library of Philadelphia (top) by Moshe Safdie looks like his Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville, Arkansas (bottom). Or is it visa versa? We have to wonder which one is the original.
When it comes to the ebb and flow of cultural influences, are we on the “ebb?” or are we, as we like to think of ourselves in Philadelphia, on the “flow?”