Monday, 30 November 2009

Why i think the new "Eleutheria" square will be a dissaster

I was in the library of the university of Cyprus when by chance i saw a very glossy book on Zaha Hadid. It was 50 pages of fawning praise on her work the "Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North". It won quite a prestigious award.

There is no doubt that the terminal is pretty in a hard, concrete, kind of way. In the green expanse in the Hoenheim suburbs, this brings a Teutonic beauty. (OK you guessed it i do not really like it!).
What scares me is that Ms. Hadid's work is all like this - impersonal and concrete. In a city choked full of concrete and in dire need of greenery, baked silly during the summer months by the sun, the last thing we need is more granite, concrete and steel. I worry that we will miss the old "Elutheria square", with its tall trees on the side and the petty vendors in the middle.


pawluspiteri said...

I am a 56 year old economist. My father still living 88 wrote the first book in Economic history 1955to 1980.
I am interested to learn what you intend studying about Malta.

Best Regards
Paul Spiteri
BA Econ, MBA, Diploma in Economic Planning (Naples), Diploma in Translation.

Alexander Apostolides said...

I would be very interested in reading your father's book and in meeting both of you. I am new getting ready to submit my thesis. In my thesis i estimated the GDP of Cyprus and Malta for the period 1921 to 1938.
The thesis proves that the development of Cyprus and Malta was hampered by their colonial status. Malta's development was very flat in this period - the lack of any increase in military expenditure condemned the Maltese islands to very stagnant growth. If you email me your address ( and i will send you a copy after i pass my viva.