Thursday, March 31, 2005

"Infrastructure Beautiful"

New York Times architecture piece by Fred Bernstein in Sunday , Febrary 27, 2005, edition, explains mysterious object that has emerged across from Lake Whitney in Hamden. Turns out it's a water filtration plant, covered in stainless steel shingles, and in the shape of a giant pipe, designed by Steven Holl. Considered antidote to NIMBY phenomenon. Artful design may have added $2 to $3 million to $49 million plant, but Policy Board was convinced it was worthwhile following presentation by Yale Professor Plattus. Bernstein compares this with Yoshio Taniguchi project in Hiroshima, which, in opening up a huge incinerator plant to the public, created a "museum of garbage" tourist attraction.

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