Saturday, March 17, 2007

The Architecture God Has Spoken: The FTAA Miami Secretariat Building Design is Fabulous!


Despite what some mortals may think about the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) initiative*, the design for the building's Miami headquarters by local architectural firm Spillis Candela is the stuff dreams are made of. And hope too. Built to house offices for 34 nations on Watson Island smack dab in the middle of Biscayne Bay, it reminds me of the fantastic post-apocalyptic world found in "Cadillacs and Dinosaurs," a collection of comics drawn by one of my favorite mortals, Mark Schultz. In that 26th Century world, the earth's sea levels have risen to the point that New York city has become known as the "City by the Sea," with skyscrapers protruding through the water like marching sentinels with no streets below, just water and, in some instances, steps leading out of the water. Just like the Spillis Candela design which I find is a prophetic ecological cautionary tale that reminds you at the same time of your connection with your watery origins when hybrid creatures with lungs crawled out of the water millions of years ago. Plus it's a nice place to catch some rays or toss a fishing line.

*I like the idea. You mortals have got to start thinking as one living organisim. Everything is interconnected in ways you cannot fathom.

Previous pronouncements by A.G can be found here.

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