"Elusive British graffiti artist Banksy took a swipe at the New York Times today for denying him a spot on the newspaper’s coveted op-ed page, where he was planning to trash the new World Trade Center tower." That story was not what was interesting for me, but rather his critique of the new tower. Among other choice words for the new tower, was that it “looks like something they would build in Canada.”
In other words, boring and unoriginal. Now before you get all mad at Banksy, we read this story about how the City of Toronto wishes to reject any greatness and embrace its mediocrity:
When one of the world’s most renowned architects wants to transform a neighbourhood in your city, you would think the obvious next step would be to say yes.
When Frank Gehry returns to his hometown and says he wants to build a project featuring breathtaking architecture, university and gallery space, retail, residential and would create a public realm in the heart of the financial district, you let him do it.
Not so fast, says Toronto’s city planners.
Given that our mayor has embraced Edmonton's greatness, perhaps he can invite Frank Gehry here.