Gallery: Gehry’s Luna Park Plan to Transform Historic French Site is Pu...

 

Frank Gehry’s vision for a series of his signature folded towers placed in the heart of the historic Parc des Ateliers in Arles, France will have to wait – as the project has just been put on hold. The French National Commission for Historical Sites and Monument has rejected two of the five necessary permits required for the Luna Park campus development to commence, casting doubt over the process of integrating contemporary architecture while preserving the historic character of a city. The dispute highlights a critical issue: how urban communities decide to successfully develop while maintaining their identity, culture, and quality of life.

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  1. mahdi August 3, 2011 at 6:38 am

    im always against ruining old cities with contemporary architecture, it doesnt fit and ruin rhe harmony in city atmosphere. and no one noticed this but once those buildings are gone they gone forever. today architects cannot reproduce buildings in classical manner anymore (and the lavish decoration in it) if they want to build it they should build it in modern city

  2. lazlopink July 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    gehry makes things ugly. no amount of pretentious sniffery will change that. the man might be qualified to put up a jungle gym but he his architectural legacy will be one of unattractive travesties that have no purposeful point. my hat is off to the french national commission on historic sites. urban density needn’t mean having to endure the stacked garbage that gehry peddles.

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