23 December 2005
Where is this place again?
[Architect Cesar] Pelli's design fails as an icon because it is not distinctive. It's arena-shaped, it's built with steel, concrete, and lots of glass, and it looks like millions of other modern buildings, just differently arranged. It doesn't draw on any symbol that would bring to mind Tulsa or Oklahoma or even the United States. It could be anywhere in the world, and so it brings to mind nowhere.
Although Pelli claims that he used Native American and Art Deco elements, they aren't apparent. The shape of the building is reminiscent of a QuikTrip coffee lid, but that's the nearest connection to Tulsa's heritage that I can find.
Oklahoma City's Ford Center isn't particularly iconic either, but it's intended to fit into an existing urban environment, not to anchor a new one.Posted at 7:30 AM to Soonerland
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This week I managed to lead off my Urban Tulsa Weekly column, about the urban design characteristics of the new downtown Tulsa arena, with a Monty Python reference. UPDATE: Charles G. Hill comments: "Oklahoma City's Ford Center isn't particularly iconi......[read more]
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Thank you Dustbury for the inspiration! Although Pelli claims that he used Native American and Art Deco elements, they aren’t apparent. The shape of the building is reminiscent of a QuikTrip coffee lid, but that’s the nearest connection t......[read more]