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The Graveyard of globalization and why’s plan for Superkilen park isn’t going to make us all join hands–unless it’s part of the “program.”

December 7, 2009

If you want to incorporate an ethnically diverse local population into the project, just using flags and referential design objects probably isn’t the most thoughtful way. Maybe something “cool” will happen, like they’ll snap a picture of a chinese kid hanging out on the arabesque bench, but I can’t take these bizarre projects seriously. On a first read, I like the idea of a symphony of objects as a type of plein air design museum, or an ode to diversity, but why? What’s the point? Is this the extent of pop design–merely resisting depth in the design process?

The project will incorporate 57 everyday objects from the 57 different cultures that make up the population of Nørrebro. “They make people think about how we organise our daily life and together they make up a global vernacular,” say the designers.

I would say that people’s thoughts would be limited to hyper-association as opposed to contemplation and relaxation. The literacy of the park (remember the idea is that this gets built) as a whole seems limited to a top down conception of the program with prospective users left to congregate amidst the shrapnel of a pier 1 import bomb. Should intentional irony devoid a project of actual realization, especially under the guise of such a trite project description? But judge for yourself at and watch Bjarke Ingels of BIG defend his intelligence and integrity against my BIG-feeling voice.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2009 10:09 am

    I read a few topics. I respect your work and added blog to favorites

  2. January 1, 2010 10:17 pm

    When I hear the phrase ‘global vernacular,’ I reach for my Browning.

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