Hello. Welcome to rethinking the future podcast. There are so many wonderful Marvel's created by man all over the world. We seen them in movies visited a few and even fell in love with many but has the process from idea to Inception, always been that seamless and have they received the right response after being billed. Did you know, I recently saw a building that looks like a light bulb really well. I have seen a building that would actually burn my car.
Any guesses, which structures? We are referring to here.
I'd save you the trouble and tell you that many postmodernist buildings with steel and glass facades look like, they could bring your car and many skyscrapers. Do I actually look like a light pole, even some famous buildings or architectural? Marvel, have faced backlash for the immediate negative impact. They have in some areas, they must be shocking to hear the buildings that we know about have also faced criticism and backlash. Right?
As you can, guess the third episode of our podcast is about the most famous controversies in architecture.
Architecture plays the role of getting a place. Its identity and often exhibit the culture of a place while buildings and structures are constructed around the world by renowned Architects. The architectural industry is not free from controversies.
Now you must be thinking is an architecture largely subjective though, what I think looks great, may not receive the same appreciation from other and yes, dear friends, that is absolutely right. However, it is important to note that controversies revolving around architecture and built environment spring up for many areas and need not be design-related even
Some have controversies revolving around religion, some regarding ethics and morals and so on.
Today, we will look at some very famous examples, which faced criticism shockingly, even some might be the ones that you never would have imagined, so, hang on.
First, we have so brought a Familia located in Barcelona. It was designed by the famous architect Antoni. Gaudi we all have seen or heard it many times. But did you know the main reason that makes this building very controversial are all started with Goldie getting the project. My client is not in a hurry. He always said while describing his project on Barcelona's iconic Roman Catholic Basilica but the reason for this conspiracy is that it is the world's longest running project now and it's 138 here but after his tragic death by A Streetcar, many ethical dilemmas launched on the weather of the project in 1926 later at the beginning of the 1960s, many contemporary Architects including all of our Alto Le corbusier initiated many failed campaign to modernize the design while architect Like Walter gropius and Louis Sullivan, applauded his spirit and technicality George. Orwell called it
City of building in the world and hope that would fall during the Spanish War, The Architects currently working on the project has slated for completing it in the year 2026 on the 100th, death anniversary of the. Don't you all just wish that your submission deadlines keep getting extended like these?
Secondly, we come to the Eiffel Tower, Eiffel Tower Romance.
But was it always like that I wonder located in Paris? This building had to face initial rejection from the masses and was labeled as the ugliest. Structure Apparition novelist named Guy De maupassant in the late 1880s. In one of his articles describe the cafe at the foot of the newly constructed. Eiffel Tower saying I like this place because it's the only place in Paris where I can die and not see the Eiffel Tower. The tower was named as a giant black smoke stack, and a truly tragic, streetlamp and was criticized by Parisian who argue that the tower would like the Elegant Beauty of the Lowe Raj, roofscape, houses of Paris, it was decided to dismantle the structure after 20 years. The government later denied it,
Third of the AL wakrah Stadium. Al wakrah stadium in Doha Qatar is one of the five under construction project for the 2022, FIFA World Cup, one of the most influential architect globally, architect have been mocked and revolve around criticisms initially for its unique design appearance. And later on for the working conditions of the migrant workers involved in building a project, a lawsuit was filed by Hadid against the New York Review of Books. The stadium has been under major controversy has more than 1,000 workers, have reportedly died while constructing the structure upon asking me architect about her steps for preventing it. She stated it wasn't her Duty as an architect. To look at it.
A petition was also signed by Japanese architect led by Premier Komatke regarding the unjustified large size and budget of the structure in the Limelight for this reason. And it goes to say that irrespective of whether our job prescription as Architects, involves thinking about the workers on site, or not a little empathy towards those turning your ideas into reality, wouldn't hurt at all. 4th is the Sydney? Opera house is in the list, getting quite surprising as we proceed. Do you know the electronic design of the Sydney Opera House in Australia? Is also one of mine that it has faced a plethora of problems. Not only design, or material related, but political timeline issues as well. Take a picture without a little political backlash. Am I right?
How long would the criticism for its lack of functionality? It was also the story of anger firing revenge and Scandal, so the project was granted to architect. You on you send who promise to complete it in 18 months, of course, there are always delays. So the project kept running for another 20 years, which increased the cost.
It went through multiple delays and schedule and budget inflation due to poor project management for taking more than a decade to complete utilizing more than 100 million dollars for completion. When the initial budget was only seven million and eventually, the project was taken back from his hand, his salary was terminated and he got entangled in political Intrigue which made the building much more controversial
But it's here today and willing visitors as well. All I have to say is that sometimes large twists and turns happen and things, do not go your way, but if your ideas and vision is solid, you might just see it turning into reality. Even if you are more or less broke by that time.
Next up, we have the same as Taj Mahal.
Every Indian pride and a symbol of love, but that's not all Taj Mahal. That is one of the seven wonders of the world is counted among one of the most controversial buildings of architecture. And the reason for Many religious conflicts to the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife, moved house, Mahal built this Majestic. Mine. It took 22 years and 20,000 Artisans from all over the world to give it that Royal look.
This is what you probably have read, but the research by piano proves that the building was originally a Hindu temple of Lord, Shiva and was built around 100 AD. This later. Confirmed by carbon dating results by the samples of wood taken from a store.
The controversy took a higher Pace when Oaks book was withdrawn from the book stores and the Indian publisher of the first edition was threatened with dire consequences today. Scientist and archaeologist are not allowed to investigate the building no matter how much you try to stay away from the deep-rooted issues of caste and religion. They eventually catch up with you. Even the most. Beautiful structures can have a dark past, don't you think?
Number six is the Guggenheim Museum. In New York Frank Lloyd, Wright's Guggenheim museum has been a very special project of his and is also stamped in the minds of young Architects and onlookers for its unique spiral form. However, not many know that it's distinctive shape, was one of the primary reason for the numerous grievances that came his way from an artist signed petitions against it in the building was often compared to an inverted oatmeal dish, washing machine and even a hot cross bun, John Kennedy a famous art critic of the 1960s, describe the building as a war between architecture and painting in which both come out badly. Make one of the most appreciated project today was slammed by the architecture critic that
Frank Lloyd Wright was way ahead of his time and got into a lot of controversies and utopian fantasies in a world full of people, ready to bring you down, Frank Lloyd Wright. He has to overcome all adversities and became one of the most reputed architects of the US and even the world all's. Well that ends. Well, I must say
7 is the plush. Residence. Antilia in Mumbai.
Antilia is the world's most expensive Residential Building worth 1 billion US Dollars owned by Mukesh Ambani. The home was cooperatively designed by the American firm Perkins + will and Hirsch bedner Associates. It is a 27-story tower built adjacent to a very notoriously lavarse long.
Criticisms play building even before construction with issues regarding the land acquisition methods and later for having a legal car parking, and three helipad that violated, the local noise lost with six story, parking garages each for has a different theme. Based on the rare materials across the world, the controversy began, when the residence of Mumbai disapproved of it arguing that the tower is insensitive and excessive and even more, so representing the Stark economic inequality, that resides within the city limits, but Antilla was most talked-about for its design. That did not follow the traditional. Indian Foster rules. Be in Venice. We're often question about why they did not reside in their luxurious residence, long after its completion.
Antilia has been in the news many times, not only that but a lot of capitalist project are now being questioned for their absolute blatant, disregard for the workers that build them. The people they represent in the context they're set in
next is for the walkie-talkie at 20 fenchurch Street in London.
Yes, but the name is not all that is peculiar about this building the walkie-talkie 20 fenchurch Street in London is a curvilinear structure that swells from its modest footprint like an overinflated balloon about to be okay. I'm guessing there's more lightly concave outer surface cladded with reflective last. The building quite literally shoots and I quote, laser death Rays from the Sun,
It is kind of melted several cars and has destroyed ground-level objects. Fall. Fetch a person who supported the structures construction throughout publicly stated that he regretted the decision and that the Architects had messed up the building because of their Misfortune. If I could say one thing, then it would be, don't forget to pack loads of sunglasses and sunscreen when you go to London friends, if we have a liver is where the Mona Lisa is, the Louvre is where the art is, right in the middle of the Paris City square. Has faced back last year, despite being mocked and centered publicly for proposing, a 71 feet, glass pyramid, at the new entrance of the Louvre complex, which some consider to be the ancient Egyptian symbolism for death. I am pay Bradley completed the project which turned out to be one of the city's most iconic landmarks.
The Louvre pyramid had to withstand criticism even before its completion for his modernist style that clashed with the existing City landscape and it was often called an eyesore and an architectural joke, how much of a joke when it somehow becomes your most famous structure and has shots and famous films like The DaVinci Code?
Lastly, we come to the Empire, State building Empire State. Building is like a representation of New York. You can pretty much find it in every other cliche wrong, and it has been featured in many famous songs as well. Be a kind of tower of the art deco style built in the thirties was once considered as New York's unluckiest structure built mainly due to its location and poor connectivity shocking. Right? The building remained unpopular till the 50s, who gained the nickname, the Empire State Building due to his low occupancy rate,
The opening of the deck boosted, its popularity and help the game profits eventually.
That was all. And while there are many, many such as examples that one may come upon, we would be concluding here and urging our listeners to look for more such stories interpret them and learn from them. This was quite an interesting session for me. I came to know that even some very famous Architects have been on the receiving end of criticism. I must not get too sad when the Jerry mocks my design now,
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