transport


Darryl Chen, 19 08 08


 

Brasilia’s six-lane motorways embrace yesterday’s promise of the speeding automobile that even taxis suffer. They stop far too often. Forget flagging a cab – you really need a driver. So it should come as no surprise that Niemeyer’s Metropolitan Cathedral at the heart of Brasilia’s central axis is planned around an undergound drop-off lane and subterranean carpark. That leaves just the spectacular roof crown visible above ground, as well as a colonnade of statues aligning a pedestrian axis that goes nowhere. (I said, you are supposed to arrive by car.) Coroporate worship meets the autobahn… Aqui há invenção! 

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transport


Darryl Chen, 29 07 08


 

Who ever thought that travelling from one side of the Huangpu River to the other could be such a mind-altering experience? After descending from the regal Bund district into a collecting tunnel, uniformed attendees usher you into a sanitized antechamber, receiving room for the automated people-movers small standing height vehicles taking the form of white bubbles, exhibiting a smoothness of design not out of place in Kubrick’s A Space Odyssey. Eerie muzak dominates over the electrical silence of the vehicles adding to the cinematic nature of the experience. Pass the duchie and read on.   

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