Part 2 of the lunchtime ramble.
Why, oh why can London not do effing cool architecture? Amanda was allowed into the Terminal 5 building before mere mortals (read it here) and gives me her assurance that the inside is pretty cool. However, why did the outside have to be so boring? The other day I did an image search for Terminal 5 and got pictures of this space age vision. I was quite excited until I realised that it was the unused Terminal 5 building at JFK (designed by Eero Saarinen) and not Heathrow's latest offering. Why can't British landmark buildings be, well, landmarks? Why couldn't we get Zaha Hadid to design it - have you seen how cool BMW world is?
This obviously led me on to my pet peeve, the Emirates Stadium. It's just another bowl! Couldn't they have got some mad architect to create a stadium to compete with the Allianz Arena? I interviewed Mark Fenwick from Reid Fenwick once about the stadium they are building for Valencia and I remember him saying that most stadia were containers for spectators. What he wanted to create for Valencia was a stadium that was iconographic and filled the away team and supporters with fear and awe. I wish the Emirates was some mad Rem Koolhaas vision instead of an oval plonked in the middle of North London. Rant over (for now).