Sunday, February 13, 2005

Design v. Reality

Interesting article in the PG about Sara Moore from the River Life Task Force. It talks a bit about the design problems with the City of Pittsburgh and about plans to revitalize the City's waterfront. Paragraph #3, however, hit me like a ton of bricks:

Sure, there are stumbling blocks, such as private owners who haven't yet relinquished the rights to redevelop their waterfront parcels.
Which is developer-speak for "We got nuthin'."

Architects like to say "Form follows Function." The Developer counters that "Form follows Money."

Honestly, all the good design in the world isn't worth a damn if you don't have the cash to pay for it.

Sorry, cynicism caught up with me there.

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