Frank Gehry’s proposal for an Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the new Big Blue Bus stops in Santa Monica cause controversy. What do we want in our public space?
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Santa Monica’s new Big Blue Bus stops are intended to provide comforts for riders and an iconic look for the transit agency. But the new stops have ignited complaints from many of its riders about minimal shade and uncomfortable seating. Were they designed too “defensively”? Are critics overlooking their benefits?
Back in 2009, Frank Gehry won a competition to design an Eisenhower Memorial to be built near the Mall in Washington, D.C. Initially people liked his central idea: large steel tapestries telling stories about the life of the soldier-president. But then intense backlash followed. Now the architects has cut key elements of the design. But will that be enough to placate his critics?
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