I have been told, for the first time ever, that my design ideas are 'undemocratic.'
Things that are not allowed in the competition in Nürnberg:
- Any kind of levels (reminder of Nazism...)
- Any kind of green space (too un-historic)
- Trees (there were never any trees in the square for the last 800 years so therefore it would be a terrible idea to introduce them now)
- Any kind of new lighting concepts (too distracting)
- Permeable pavings (too confusing on the ground)
- Green facades (THEY'VE WON PRIZES FOR THEIR RECONSTRUCTION AND IT WOULD BE SACRILEGE TO DEFACE THE WERY EXCELLENT 50'S BUILDINGS WITH GREENERY)
So I'm kinda at a loss as to what ideas are allowed. So far there has been a great discussion on changing the drainage of the market square and possibly removing some parking from the side streets. And maybe moving a bus stop by one or two meters in either direction.
Not really a competition winning concept, in my opinion, but Jed and I have decided that ideas are not allowed here because they are afraid it could lead to fascism.
My task for next week: figuring out how to re-use all of the existing "historic" (i.e, circa 1965) paving stones without adding any new shapes or sizes of paving stones.
At least I have good music to listen to.
Out this week: Lana Del Rey [GO LISTEN NOW]