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2005 08 19
Building the ROM Crystal - Status 7
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As the expanding horizontal floors continue to reinforce a recognizable, and perhaps to many, comforting datum, the Crystal's external steel envelope is undergoing a remarkable transformation. What was once seen as a threatening, even chaotic assault on the rational determinism of the ROM's eastern wing, has now become a formal mediation between cultural ideals. Every new element reinforces Libeskind's notion of a breathing architecture that transcends the tectonic repetition of normative architecture. This is - if you cannot admit to it being anything else - an optimistic cultural expression. It continuously and enthusiastically marks a transition in Canada's cultural psyche from an intellectual colony to a full member and even leader of those nations who will shape the world's future. The world does need more Canada and the ROM's Crystal is proving to be a symbol of our ability to harness the apparent chaos of cultural change and focus it to compliment our existing social structure and ideals.
[email this story] Posted by R Ouellette on 08/19 at 11:48 AM

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