Tuesday 25 April 2006 9.56am
Not sure I fully agree with the rose-tinted view of how corporate buildings of old were aesthetically better than those produced now. Take the Gherkin, for example. Swiss Re, a company that could very easily have taken the decision to build an anonymous edificace (reinsurance is hardly an industry that conjures up images of bold and striking originality, after all!), actively championed a design that challenged existing notions of skyscraper design.
Personally, I wouldn't really want architectural or public art references to the shipping and warehousing history. Such pieces tend to make the place look like yet another docklands themepark (currently being employed in every single dockland redevelopment in the country, whether it be Manchester, Cardiff, Bristol, Liverpool or Birmingham: they all have architectural "symbols" such as cranes, etc, to remind us of the shipping past... the end result lends quite a tacky air).
I certainly agree with you that we should be vigilant about the refurbishment of Potters Fields Park
. We can only keep our fingers crossed, I suppose.