In this week's comments update, readers discussed Asif Khan and Theaster Gates' Liverpool Docks transformation plans.
Dezeen commenters debated the artistic goals and functionality or "usefulness" of art projects like this.
"Too cryptic to mean anything"
"How important or useful is that to the community?" asked Marks Sundays. "Why not propose a floating public pool? I'm sure public money would be better spent," they added.
Jim Angrabright responded "so now art has to be 'useful'? Sounds like end-stage capitalism."
Clichy continued the debate by replying "art does not have to be 'useful' but it should carry some meaning, however tangential. A truncated, perforated pyramid for 'contemplation' strikes one as meaningless within the context."
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"What is it about US government contracts that often bring out the worst in firms?"
BIG, Gehry Partners and Perkins&Will are among the five studios that have been selected as finalists in a contest to design the future National Museum of the US Navy. Dezeen readers reacted to the announced finalists and it was Gehry's design that was most discussed in the comments section.
"Gehry Partners proposal is surely the most economical, which is something you don't always get to say about Gehry designs," observed Frank.
Danlazop joked "it's a weird world when Gehry is the conservative entry".
However other commenters weren't enamoured with any of the designs. Hbnj asked "what is it about US government contracts that often bring out the worst in firms? These renderings and designs already look 20 years old".
Tom Roberts agreed saying "it takes a great deal of effort and insight to create great spaces. None of these qualify."
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"If the idea was to have it look like a shed, mission accomplished"
Kemarino wasn't convinced, saying "I don't think it's a very successful disguise".
"If the idea was to have it look like a shed, mission almost accomplished," commented Marius.
Apsco Radiales contributed that the "corrugated metal siding is not a bad choice, however, there is a bit too much of it and tends to remind me of metal storage sheds found in almost every Canadian backyard," to which Lewis Dostine responded "I think the goal of looking like a storage shed was apart of the gesture."
Sasz thought it was an "interesting project".
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"Foster + Partners have mastered this concept"
"I honestly thought these were renderings," said Rd. "F+P are so good at these details, it's just perfection. Very nice store and atmosphere again, and it sits nicely in the larger building as well. What can you say? They just mastered this concept."
Prado Sellinder agreed: "Foster is getting so good at these perfect details like where the different materials meet. Seamless."
"Why are Apple stores always so big, when they contain so little?" asked Alfred Hitchcock. "Waste of space and natural resources."
Nature For All was also concerned about resources, questioning "how may oak trees had to be destroyed? This store is yet another example of man-made consumerism, which drives destruction."
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