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Friday 20 February 2004 10.16am
Friday 20 February 2004 11.22am
Ahem - we had the stories and pictures here on this site before the BBC, thanks very much! :-)

The pictures were embargoed until midnight this morning, and they were on this site before 1am!

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Friday 20 February 2004 12.19pm

Thanks for burning the midnight oil to bring us such a professionally presented story.

To all defenders of developers - show me an example of a skyscraper with hanging gardens that actually looks green from the outside as in these drawings. [I understand that Liebeskind's plans for such a scheme have been dropped from the plans for the New York WTC site.]

I am deeply disappointed by the final appearance of the cladding on Foster's Swiss Re building (the erotic gherkin) despite its sky-gardens atria. On this track record, I suspect the Elephant towers will just look like the anonymous glass blocks anywhere else.

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Friday 20 February 2004 1.42pm

I did see an architecture programme on the new(ish) city hall in (I think it was) Fukoaka that was exactly like a hanging garden.

That said, the programme showed it in a fairly new state and it immediately raised the question in my mind: who's going to look after it and make sure it always looks so lush.

I wonder if the really brave thing to do is just to rename the E&C (I favour keeping the animal connection, so maybe Zebra Junction or The Giraffe Gyratory might work), get rid of all the negative connotations and start again. As long as we stay away from obvious blatant lies like "Metro Central".

...there's plenty more c**** in the cup.
Friday 20 February 2004 2.56pm
I notice the drawing lacked the inevitable 'tagging'
Friday 20 February 2004 3.04pm
Bearing in mind the pictures show a vision of a fantasy E&C, maybe we should give it a fantasy name...Heffalump & Woozle anyone?
Friday 20 February 2004 4.02pm
a fantasy land where the sky is always blue, the people joining in 'performances and major celebrations', there's no litter or graffiti in the 'character areas' and certainly no dead plants. I long to see the back of the current pink elephant - may the shemes dreams all come true.....
Friday 20 February 2004 5.08pm
maybe the rumours about architects and weed are true?

it would have to be pretty strong to conjure up those images of the E&C we all know and er 'love'

what budget do they have - how much of it will be mismanaged or squandered?

Still, something has to be tried so well done for that.
Friday 20 February 2004 5.20pm
When the IRA decomissions arms, I'm led to believe they just pour concrete on them to render them unusable. Why not just douse E&C in concrete, then chip away want you don't want in a sculpture type meets purpose - that's what we like...
Friday 20 February 2004 5.50pm
Dear James,

So sorry to have overlooked your well written and well illustrated article! Keep bringing us the good news


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