Some Alternatives

Having gone through a number of studios in the last five years has made me aware that iteration is an important part of the design process. Sometimes, one has to draw things out completely before s/he understands there are other alternatives to one idea. I recently stumbled across images of alternative proposals of some built iconic buildings — mostly as a result of open competitions. Having had the winning proposal built, it’s interesting to imagine the images on postcards or somewhere online that we’d have encountered if these alternatives had been chosen instead. These examples here range from infrastructure to monuments, both of which form collective parts of our experience of urban space.

I also wonder what prevented these alternatives to become the reality, e.g. Budget, taste, representation?

The alternative

Tower Bridge, London — alternative

Tower Bridge, London

Tower Bridge, London

Golden Gate Bridge, SF -- alternative

Golden Gate Bridge, SF — alternative

Golden Gate Bridge, SF

Golden Gate Bridge, SF

Lincoln Memorial Alternative

Lincoln Memorial, Washington — alternative

Lincoln Memorial Existing

Lincoln Memorial

Arc de Triomphe, Paris -- alternative

Arc de Triomphe, Paris — alternative

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

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One comment

  1. I vote for le Elephante de Triomphe!

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