The Right Stadium for Bush's Washington

Friday, April 01, 2005

The Right Stadium for Bush's Washington

Major league baseball is finally coming to Washington, D.C., and the new team will have a new stadium. A search committee appointed by the city selected an architecture firm yesterday to design the baseball stadium. The Washington Post reports:
The choice of architect has been of paramount importance for city leaders, who expect the ballpark to help spark economic redevelopment of a blighted area.

Joseph Spear, who will act as lead designer for [the architecture firm that was selected], said the firm had no specific designs for the stadium. In his pitch to the sports commission, Spear said he and partner Earl Santee suggested overarching themes, including taking into account Pierre L'Enfant's design of the city and using glass as a predominant material to suggest the "transparency of democracy."
If the goal is to convey the transparency of democracy in George W. Bush's Washington, then I suspect the architects will be using a lot of smoked glass.

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