Last years of continuous changes have taught us that many things are simply unpredictable. Functional or aesthetical durability is now measured not in decades or centuries but in several years periods to minimize cost of eventual defeat. New strategies of designing and planning are in trial stage. They need to fulfil all the needs here and now but in case of their revision easily disappear or transform. An example which is worth to follow is Marineterrein in Amsterdam.
Ugly and old districts are known as ones that never change. Revitalisations are useless because how we are supposed to change something which functions on its own? Maybe not in a representative way, but the life goes on, step by step and it isn’t even that bad. Upstanding visions of architects are crushing on a wall of reality. Maybe there is no need to change anything?
„Architecture isn’t just about creating new buildings, sometimes it’s about retuning what’s already there.” John Pawson
Buildings, as anything else, after some time become out-of-date. It can happen in spectacular organic way, when mould and fungus absorb human-made product, but it can be less poetic, when there is lack of money. Or intentions. Or both. Then a problem appears which is bigger in scale than a dilemma if we already need to bin our smelly cheese.
Building a church we have to deal with bending the space-time – in such case we not only like well-known melodies, but we consider them as the only right ones, the rest is heretical, diabolic, yuck yuck! The problem with the vision of sacral object is inseparably conneted with modernizing religions issue which, as we all know, is still in preparation phase. How to satisfy thousands of customers not being a stylistic cheater? Such doubts Shakespeare summarises with a sentence: that is the question.