After years of planning, negotiations and speculation, filmmaker George Lucas has chosen Los Angeles to be the home for his museum honoring visual storytelling. It will display his personal collection of fine and popular art, including Norman Rockwell paintings, Mad Magazine covers, photography, children's art, as well as Hollywood props and visual effects from his famous movie franchise Star Wars. — npr.org
"South Los Angeles's Promise Zone best positions the museum to have the greatest impact on the broader community, fulfilling our goal of inspiring, engaging and educating a broad and diverse visitorship," reads a statement from the board of directors for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. "Exposition Park is a magnet for the region and accessible from all parts of the city. As a museum uniquely focused on narrative art, we look forward to becoming part of a dynamic museum community, surrounded by more than 100 elementary and high schools, one of the country's leading universities as well as three other world-class museums."
It's a MAD building. Beautiful.
Ma Yansong is defenitly setting some sort of standard.
Nature + Man in harmony with the city.
Unless you're referring to when the invasive species establish themselves, I'm not sure how this is nature and man in harmony in the city will occur. The soils won't be native and it's likely that the water pumped up there won't be "natural."
The bummer is that this could be an opportunity to establish "other worldly" plant species that are non-native and potentially alien in appearance, making the private green space amenity in the spirit of core exhibition materials in the facility. But in reality this could be bad a practice.
If this was indeed a return to nature, the structure would be much more invisible, possibly even subterranean. This structure will have a very high carbon footprint, will cost a lot to build ad is not sustainable.
I hate it when archtiects try to justify their highly formalist agenda by using nature and sustainability as an excuse. Who the fuck are they kidding?
Just be honest and say that we want to create an iconic structure.