And if you ask me, there is lots of "cute" design all over the world - and that's great cause we want to see beautiful buildings.
I think this is an airliners forum and I'm sure only few people here are specialists in architecture and statics.
I apologize for my statement as I left it open for bad interpretation and representation of what I meant...got careless.
Too often these days, we as creative human beings seem to be pushing the limits and have a tendency to go a little over the top as we strive to better ourselves and our world. That structure is an airport terminal. A "conventional" structure would have served the same purpose just fine as long as it served its purpose and provided comfort. In my opinion, and remember, this is my opinion, there is no need for that kind of structure. I mean, as stated above in another post, this design brought many obstacles that otherwise would not have been an issue. It just seems like a lot of effort for something as simple as an airport terminal. I'm not going as far as to bash the French in this next statement like someone else chose, but I will say this building was a bit flashy. That is my opinion. I am not one that takes real kindly to things being "flashier" than they practically need be. I can do without a lot in this world as long as it serves its original intended purpose. I'm going to use the analogy here of cellular phones (possibly(?) a bad analogy). Cell phones are becoming ridiculous these days in that they contain so many features, that is seems the actual CALL function is at best a secondary feature. I can do without the camera, video, whatever else they come with these days. In fact I read a report of a study claiming that these new cellular network technologies are harmful to us when exposed...which we all are every day whether you use a cell phone or not. God only knows how bad the effects it will have on us will be down the road. We are killing ourselves these days as we push the limits with technology especially when mixed with our creativity. Creativity is very important to society, and no doubt they were just trying to be different and unique by adding such an incredible structure to CDG
, but seeing how difficult it was to actually pull off, and the end result, I'd say it APPEARS, we MAY have pushed it too far. In the end, this was an airport terminal. If it had been kept as simple as that, rather than trying to create a modern marvel, it still would have served it's function and still could have been beautiful.
My heart goes out to those who died and their families for this is a tragic, and very sad event. I don't wish to take away from that. But when I saw the first pictures of that terminal, especially the one taken from inside, my immediate impression was, a bit too flashy!...or at least, unnecessarily flashy...
I have interrupted this topic enough and I wish not to take away from the attention of this horrible event any more than I may have already. I mean no harm with my comments and I direct them at no one, especially not the French. Just sharing my 2 cents...
[Edited 2004-05-24 11:06:54]
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