On The Retro Infrastructural

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In a reversal of Lloyds futurist-gothic-industrialism, we might wonder what if – for some unexplained reason -industry took on the aesthetics of historical architecture. This image of a historicist oil rig explores this particular notion.

In a perverse move – given the current carnage in the construction industry – we’re hiring at FAT right now. One of the interview candidates is currently working for an oil company and was describing the role she performs in the design of oil rigs. It’s interesting to consider the role of architects in the design of infrastructure – which remains the preserve (on the whole) of engineering (apart from chi chi bridges which have come to symbolise a certain kind of regeneration). What might happen if you put Leon Krier in charge of Crossrail, for example?

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